Monday, April 16, 2012
JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/16 /2012
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51b
JOSEPH AND HIS EXALTATION
He Was Brought Out Of Prison – Gen. 41:14 – Joseph was eventually released from his prison and was brought before Pharaoh.
Jesus was imprisoned by death and His body was sealed in a tomb, but three days later, Jesus arose from the dead, (Matt. 28:1-6). He came out of that prison and He is alive forevermore, (Rev. 1:18). Because He lives, our salvation is guaranteed and our eternal life is secured, (Rom. 5:10).
He Was Exalted – Gen. 41:37-42 – Joseph is elevated to the position of Prime Minister. No one in the kingdom, besides Pharaoh himself, was greater than Joseph. Joseph was given Pharaoh’s ring, which was a symbol of authority and power. He was given a gold chain that spoke of his new wealth. He was clothed in fine linen, which signified that his work as a servant was over forever!
Jesus has also been exalted. His Father has exalted Jesus, (Phil 2:9). The word “exalted” means “to elevate to the highest rank and power, to raise to supreme majesty”. God has magnified Jesus to the place where there in no one greater than Him in the universe! The angels of Heaven exalt Him, (Rev. 4:4-11; 5:11-12). The saints in glory exalt Him, (Rev. 5:9; 7:9-10; 22:3). He is worthy to be exalted right now, (Heb. 13:5; Psa. 47:1; Psa. 135:1-3). Like Joseph, Jesus possesses “all power in heaven and in earth”, (Matt. 28:18). He possesses all the wealth of His Father, (John 3:35). When Jesus was resurrected, He arose with a glorified body.
He Was Enthroned – Gen. 41:41 – Joseph was given the throne of another. He was allowed to rule by the decree of Pharaoh.
Jesus was also enthroned and allowed to sit with His Father in His throne, (Rev. 3:21). The Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father today,( Heb. 1:3; 10:12; 1 Pet. 3:22).
He Was Given A New Name – Gen. 41:45 – Joseph was given a new name by Pharaoh. This was common for foreigners in those days. The name Joseph was given, Zaphnathpaaneah, can have several meanings. Scholars differ on what the name actually means. It can mean, “The Savior of the world”; “The Revealer of secrets”; “God speaks and came into being”; “Abundance of life”; or “God’s word speaking life”. All of these names fit the new life Joseph was given by Pharaoh. When people heard this name, they fell on their faces and honored Joseph, (Gen. 41:43).
Of course, these names also speak of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are told in Phil. 2:9-11, that God has given Jesus a name that is above every other name. At the very mentioned of that name, knees are to bow and tongues are to confess that He is Lord!
All the possible meanings of Joseph’s name have application to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “The Savior Of The World”,( Matt. 1:21; John 14:6). He is “The Revealer Of Secrets”, (Heb. 4:12). He is “God Speaks And Came Into Existence”, (John 1:1). He is “The Abundance Of Life”,( John 10:10; John 1:4; John 6:33). He is “God’s Word Speaking Life”, (John 5:24).
He Was Given A Gentile Bride – Gen. 41:45 – This bride was chosen for Joseph and given to him after his exaltation.
The Bride of Christ (The Church) has been chosen by the Father, (Eph. 1:4; Col 1:18), and she has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 6:37).
He Was Given All Authority In The Land – Gen. 41:40-44 – Joseph was given the authority to run the country as he saw fit. He was the ruler.
The Lord Jesus has been given all power by His Father, (Matt. 28:18). He possesses the power to save, (John 6:37). He also possesses the power to judge those who reject Him, (John 5:22; Rev. 20:11-15). He also possesses the power to comfort those who are burdened, (Matt. 11:28; Heb. 4:15).
He Intervened In The Lives Of The People – Gen. 41:48-57 – Joseph took control of the crops of Egypt. Every person in the country felt the power of his touch.
The Lord Jesus is intimately involved in the lives of His people. He intercedes for them in Heaven, (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34). He meets their needs day by day, (Matt. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:19). He is ever-present with His people, (Heb. 13:5). He is involved in our lives in thousands of ways that we will never comprehend in this life.
TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“I Am A Sheep” By Dennis Jernigan (1988)
I am a sheep and the Lord is my shepherd
Watching over my soul.
My soul to keep guarding over me ever,
Watching wherever I go.
And when the winds blow He is my shelter!
And when I'm lost and alone He rescues me!
And when the Lion comes He is my victory!
Constantly watching over me!
He is constantly watching over me!
We are his children and he is our Father
Watching over our souls.
Great is His love for His sons and His daughters,
Watching wherever we go.
INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!