The Scarlet Thread – Joseph Reunited With His Family

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  1. Joseph in charge
    1. Joseph is put in charge of the land of Egypt
    2. For seven years, the land enjoys plenty in its harvest
    3. Then the seven lean years begin
      1. People from all over the earth come for food – Genesis 41: 57
      2. This is symbolic of the world today
      3. The world is coming to Messiah (Joseph), but his own family is estranged
      4. The fullness of the Gentiles must come in (someone from every tribe and nation) until then there is a partial blindness on the Jewish people – Romans 11: 25
    4. In a way, Joseph has become the ruler of the whole earth.
  2. Joseph’s brothers come to him – Genesis 42: 8
    1. When they came they did not recognize Joseph nor did he reveal himself to them.
    2. Joseph represents the suffering Messiah and he is suffering to save his family
    3. He does not reveal himself so that he could test their hearts in the area of repentance.
    4. Don’t understand this hiding – Romans 11: 31-36
    5. IMPORTANT: Just because the brothers did not recognize Joseph, he recognized them.
      He is not going to repay evil for evil, but move in mercy and grace toward them.
  3. The Trial
    1. We never understand trials when we are in them but we can see some characteristics of the Messiah while we are in them
    2. Tossed into prison for three days – Genesis 42: 17
      1. This could be thought of as revenge for three days in the cistern
      2. Or it could mean that there is an end to every trial – Hosea 6: 2
      3. This caused them to anguish for their actions after 20 years – Genesis 42: 21
    3. Joseph understood his brothers even though they did not understand him  because he used an interpreter – Genesis 42: 23
    4. At their remorse, Joseph was moved to tears – Genesis 42: 24
    5. Provision for the family – Genesis 42: 25
      1. Even if we do not see Messiah, we can know he is providing for us
    6. When they were not in relationship with Joseph they languished in the famine – Genesis 43: 1
      1. Famine for the word of God – Amos 8: 10-11
      2. Prophetic voice was silenced
      3. Scribes believe Jacob also lost his prophetic voice. He did not see that his son was alive through the stories of his sons return from Egypt
    7. They return and feast with Joseph – Genesis 43: 34
      1. Enjoying the presence without relationship
      2. We enjoy the benefits of Jesus without wanting him
  4. The Revelation
    1. Through a series of events, Joseph and his brothers come to the end of themselves
    2. Judah approaches Joseph on behalf of his brother Benjamin – Genesis 44: 18
      1. This is a precursor to the two tribes who will be split someday – Israel (Joseph) and Judah (David)
    3. Judah offers himself on behalf of his brother – Genesis 44: 33, 34
      1. Jesus offers Himself on behalf of his Jewish brethren
  5. Joseph clears the room and through tears reveals Himself to His brothers – Genesis 45: 1
    1. No intercessor needed as the family is reunited
      1. All Israel will be saved – Romans 11: 25, 26
    2. Joseph cried so Pharaoh heard him – Genesis 45: 2
      1. Jesus cried many times revealing himself to his people
      2. Moved with compassion – Matthew 9: 36
      3. Told his disciples I feel compassion for these people – Mark 8: 2
      4. Felt compassion for the blind – Matthew 20: 34
      5. For a weeping woman – Luke 7: 13
      6. Wept over Jerusalem – Luke 19:41
      7. Jesus eager to heal the wounds and right the wrongs.
    3. I am Joseph, your brother – Genesis 45: 3
      1. In a few moments the last 22 years of anguish fell into perspective
    4. Call to the brothers to come closer – Genesis 45: 4
    5. The brothers rejection of Joseph, meant salvation for the world – Genesis 45: 5
    6. In the end, God sent Joseph to Egypt – Genesis 45: 8
    7. Jacob does not believe Joseph is alive – Genesis 45: 26, 27
    8. Name changes to Israel when he believes – Genesis 45: 28
  6. Sin that breaks God’s heart
    1. Now Jacob is dead and you will punish us – Genesis 50: 15
    2. Forgive us for sins that you have already forgiven us for – Genesis 50: 17
    3. Do not be afraid for I am with you vs – Genesis 50: 21
    4. God does not always use our words against us