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My brothers are such high maintenance.
Reuben
9 hrs
Sometimes your
dreams are a bit much.Groups
Hebrews in
Egypt
Potiphar’s Wife
Elohim
9 hrs
What they intend for evil, I
intend for good! Hang in there.
Passing on a Vision of the Future
Joseph
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Hebrews
11:22
Genesis
37; 39-50
Passing on a
Vision of the
Future to the
Next Generation
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Frog:
“Where am I?
At a singles
club?”
Fortuneteller:
“Biology class.”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Our society’s fascination with the
future
Nearly half of all Americans say
astrology, the study of celestial bodies'
purported influence on human behavior
and worldly events, is either "very
scientific" or "sort of scientific.“
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Our society’s fascination with the
future
23% of those identifying themselves as
Christians believe that there is “spiritual
energy” in physical things such as
mountains, trees and crystals.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Our society’s fascination with the
future
22% of those identifying themselves as
Christians believe in reincarnation, that
people will be reborn again and again.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Our society’s fascination with the
future
14% of those identifying themselves as
Christians state that they have consulted
a fortune-teller or a psychic. 28% of
Christians believe that they have been in
touch with someone who has died.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Our society is forming a
world-view increasingly
like that of Egypt during
the days of Joseph.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Dr. Gunther
von Hagens
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Hebrews 11:22
By faith Joseph, at the end of his
life, made mention of the exodus
of the Israelites and gave
directions concerning his bones.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
First Post
A true vision of the future
requires a willingness to
postpone gratification.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Joseph postponed
sexual gratification.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
Joseph in
the house
of Potiphar
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
6b Now Joseph was handsome in form
and appearance.7 And after a time his
master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph
and said, “Lie with me.”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
8 But he refused and said to his master's
wife, “Behold, because of me my master
has no concern about anything in the
house, and he has put everything that he
has in my charge.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
9 He is not greater in this house than I
am, nor has he kept back anything from
me except you, because you are his wife.
How then can I do this great wickedness
and sin against God?”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after
day, he would not listen to her, to lie
beside her or to be with her.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 39
11 But one day, when he went into the
house to do his work and none of the
men of the house was there in the
house, 12 she caught him by his garment,
saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his
garment in her hand and fled and got
out of the house.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Joseph helped the
Egyptians postpone
material gratification.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown
to Pharaoh what he is about to
do.29 There will come seven years of
great plenty throughout all the land of
Egypt,
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
30 but after them there will arise seven
years of famine, and all the plenty will be
forgotten in the land of Egypt. The
famine will consume the land, 31 and the
plenty will be unknown in the land by
reason of the famine that will follow, for
it will be very severe.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
32 And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream
means that thething is fixed by God, and
God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now
therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning
and wise man, and set him over the land
of Egypt.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint
overseers over the land and take one-
fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt
during the seven plentiful years.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
35 And let them gather all the food of
these good years that are coming and
store up grain under the authority of
Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let
them keep it.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41
36 That food shall be a reserve for the
land against the seven years of famine
that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so
that the land may not perish through the
famine.”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
How are we doing with postponed
gratification?
Average American’s Debt (2015)
•Credit card debt = $ 15,863
•Mortgage Debt = $156,584
•Student Loans = $ 33,090
•Total Debt = $225,238 (2012)
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
76% of
Americans
are living
paycheck
to
paycheck.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Total U.S. Revolving Credit Debt
2013
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Second Post
A true vision of the future
requires the exercise of
great patience.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
17
Sold
into
slavery
33
Made
Over-
seer
Reunited
with
Jacob
41
39
Brothers’
First Visit
110
Joseph
Dies
Dream about the
Cup-bearer &
Baker
28
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Joseph trusted in
God’s sovereign
control of the future.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 41:16
16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in
me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable
answer.”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
“The trouble is
that I’m in a
hurry, but God
isn’t!”
Rev. Phillips Brooks
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Third Post
A true vision of the future
requires the development
of God’s perspective.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Joseph's godly
perspective is
powerfully seen
in his first
encounter with
his brothers.
Comment
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 45
1 Then Joseph could not control himself
before all those who stood by him. He
cried, “Make everyone go out from me.”
So no one stayed with him when Joseph
made himself known to his brothers.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 45
2 And he wept aloud, so that the
Egyptians heard it, and the household of
Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to
his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father
still alive?” But his brothers could not
answer him, for they were dismayed at
his presence.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 45
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near
to me, please.” And they came near. And he
said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you
sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be
distressed or angry with yourselves because
you sold me here, for God sent me before
you to preserve life.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Joseph’s godly
perspective is further
demonstrated in his
treatment of his
brothers following the
death of their father.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their
father was dead, they said, “It may be
that Joseph will hate us and pay us back
for all the evil that we did to him.”16 So
they sent a message to Joseph, saying,
“Your father gave this command before he
died:
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the
transgression of your brothers and their
sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And
now, please forgive the transgression of
the servants of the God of your father.”
Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
18 His brothers also came and fell down
before him and said, “Behold, we are your
servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do
not fear, for am I in the place of God?
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
20 As for you, you meant evil against me,
but God meant it for good, to bring it
about that many people should be kept
alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I
will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus
he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and
his father's house. Joseph lived 110
years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's
children of the third generation. The
children also of Machir the son of
Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am
about to die, but God will visit you and
bring you up out of this land to the
land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob.”
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Genesis 50
25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel
swear, saying, “God will surely visit you,
and you shall carry up my bones from
here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years
old. They embalmed him, and he was put
in a coffin in Egypt.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
17
A
Dreamer
33
A
Savior
110
A
Prophet
Joseph’s Journey from
Dreamer to Prophet
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
Hebrews 11:22
By faith Joseph, at the end of his
life, made mention of the exodus
of the Israelites and gave
directions concerning his bones.
Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph
A Discouraging Word
“More than at any time in
history, mankind faces a
crossroads—one path leading
to despair and utter
hopelessness, the other
leading to total extinction. Let
us pray we have the wisdom
to choose correctly.”
Woody Allen
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Faith of Joseph

  • 2. Search Faithbook Home Joseph Edit Profile My brothers are such high maintenance. Reuben 9 hrs Sometimes your dreams are a bit much.Groups Hebrews in Egypt Potiphar’s Wife Elohim 9 hrs What they intend for evil, I intend for good! Hang in there.
  • 3. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Edit Profile Hebrews 11:22 Genesis 37; 39-50 Passing on a Vision of the Future to the Next Generation
  • 4. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Frog: “Where am I? At a singles club?” Fortuneteller: “Biology class.”
  • 5. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Our society’s fascination with the future Nearly half of all Americans say astrology, the study of celestial bodies' purported influence on human behavior and worldly events, is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific.“
  • 6. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Our society’s fascination with the future 23% of those identifying themselves as Christians believe that there is “spiritual energy” in physical things such as mountains, trees and crystals.
  • 7. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Our society’s fascination with the future 22% of those identifying themselves as Christians believe in reincarnation, that people will be reborn again and again.
  • 8. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Our society’s fascination with the future 14% of those identifying themselves as Christians state that they have consulted a fortune-teller or a psychic. 28% of Christians believe that they have been in touch with someone who has died.
  • 9. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Our society is forming a world-view increasingly like that of Egypt during the days of Joseph.
  • 10. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Dr. Gunther von Hagens
  • 11. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
  • 12. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph First Post A true vision of the future requires a willingness to postpone gratification.
  • 13. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Joseph postponed sexual gratification.
  • 14. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 Joseph in the house of Potiphar
  • 15. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 6b Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.7 And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”
  • 16. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.
  • 17. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
  • 18. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.
  • 19. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 39 11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.
  • 20. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Joseph helped the Egyptians postpone material gratification.
  • 21. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
  • 22. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, 31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe.
  • 23. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 32 And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that thething is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
  • 24. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one- fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
  • 25. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
  • 26. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41 36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
  • 27. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph How are we doing with postponed gratification? Average American’s Debt (2015) •Credit card debt = $ 15,863 •Mortgage Debt = $156,584 •Student Loans = $ 33,090 •Total Debt = $225,238 (2012)
  • 28. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • 29. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Total U.S. Revolving Credit Debt 2013
  • 30. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Second Post A true vision of the future requires the exercise of great patience.
  • 31. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph 17 Sold into slavery 33 Made Over- seer Reunited with Jacob 41 39 Brothers’ First Visit 110 Joseph Dies Dream about the Cup-bearer & Baker 28
  • 32. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Joseph trusted in God’s sovereign control of the future.
  • 33. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 41:16 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
  • 34. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph “The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t!” Rev. Phillips Brooks
  • 35. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Third Post A true vision of the future requires the development of God’s perspective.
  • 36. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Joseph's godly perspective is powerfully seen in his first encounter with his brothers. Comment
  • 37. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 45 1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
  • 38. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 45 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
  • 39. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 45 4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
  • 40. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Joseph’s godly perspective is further demonstrated in his treatment of his brothers following the death of their father.
  • 41. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:
  • 42. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
  • 43. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
  • 44. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
  • 45. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own.
  • 46. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
  • 47. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Genesis 50 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
  • 48. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph 17 A Dreamer 33 A Savior 110 A Prophet Joseph’s Journey from Dreamer to Prophet
  • 49. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
  • 50. Passing on a Vision of the Future Joseph A Discouraging Word “More than at any time in history, mankind faces a crossroads—one path leading to despair and utter hopelessness, the other leading to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” Woody Allen

Editor's Notes

  1. Passing on a Vision of the Future to the Next Generation
  2. The Frog and the Fortuneteller Fortuneteller, gazing into crystal ball, to frog: You are going to meet a beautiful young woman. From the moment she sets eyes on you she will have an insatiable desire to know all about you. She will be compelled to get close to you—you’ll fascinate her.” Frog: “Where am I? At a singles club?” Fortuneteller: “Biology class.” Source unknown
  3. Nearly half of all Americans say astrology, the study of celestial bodies' purported influence on human behavior and worldly events, is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific.“ National Science Foundation Study
  4. 23% of those identifying themselves as Christians believe that there is “spiritual energy” in physical things such as mountains, trees and crystals. Pew Research Center - 2012
  5. 22% of those identifying themselves as Christians believe in reincarnation, that people will be reborn again and again. Pew Research Center - 2012
  6. 14% of those identifying themselves as Christians state that they have consulted a fortune-teller or a psychic. Pew Research Center - 2012
  7. Our society is forming a world-view increasingly like that of Egypt during the days of Joseph An insatiable hunger to know the future. A turning to pagan practices of divination and spiritism. Amongst our young people there is an obsessive fascination with death. (the Goth movement) We even see a bizarre fascination with preserving our corpses (cryogenics chambers, hermetically sealed caskets, frozen sex cells and embryos)
  8. Perhaps this fascination with death is best illustrated by the career of Dr. Gunther von Hagens, a German doctor who, in 2002, sold tickets to the first public dissection of a human body in 170 years. 500 people attended. This led to a prosperous world exhibition called Body Worlds. I will not show you the images I saw. The most recent Amsterdam show featured over 200 cadavers. It was called the “Happiness Project” and featured real corpses in the way you might see them posed in a wax museum. They were doing gymnastics, playing soccer, playing musical instruments, riding dissected horses, dancing like ballerinas, hugging, kissing… I’ll stop there. I love science and especially love anatomy. But I have to say, I found it disturbing. I think what bothered me was the fact that this was a grim view of the afterlife, a picture of the future in which death is glorified and fun, but still dead. That is the secular progressive view of the future. Death is inevitable. Don’t fear the reaper. Don’t delay the reaper. Don’t look for anything beyond death.
  9. Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
  10. First Post A true vision of the future requires a willingness to postpone gratification.
  11. Joseph postponed sexual gratification.
  12. Joseph’s brothers, jealous of the special treatment he receives from his father, Jacob, sell him into slavery. The Midianite slave traders sell Joseph to an officer of Pharaoh named Potiphar. God blesses Potiphar through Joseph and Potiphar makes Joseph the steward or manager of his household. But, as you can see from this picture, Potiphar’s wife also was impressed with Joseph.
  13. Genesis 39 6b Now  Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.7 And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 
  14. 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. 
  15. 9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” 
  16. 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.
  17. 11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.  Here is a great lesson on how to handle temptation. FLEE. Get out. Joseph didn’t just not wait for the door to hit him on the way out… he didn’t wait for his clothes. Joseph’s integrity comes at a cost. Potiphar’s wife had no love in her, just lust. And once he rejected her advances, she is ruthless. She falsely accuses him of making advances on her and sees that he is stripped of more than his clothes. He is stripped of his position and his freedom.
  18. Joseph helped the Egyptians postpone material gratification.
  19. Genesis 41 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
  20. 30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,  31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. 
  21. 32 And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that thething is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
  22. 34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. 
  23. 35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
  24. 36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
  25. How are we doing with postponed gratification? Average American’s Debt: Credit card debt = $ 15,863 Mortgage Debt = $156,584 Student Loans = $ 33,090 Total Debt = $225,238 A new report released by the GoBankingRates, which tracks interest and banking rates nationwide, found that the average American is more than $225,000 in debt with many having less than $500 in savings.
  26. 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. ewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to the survey of 1,000 adults. Meanwhile, 50% of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all.
  27. That is equal to the Gross Domestic Product of Belgium and Denmark combined! The average household gets about 25 credit card promotional offers a year. Experts worry that the “irresponsible and rabid marketing of credit cards” could result in a crisis for the economy.
  28. Second Post A true vision of the future requires the exercise of great patience.
  29. The chronology of Joseph's life tells us a great deal about the nature of his faith. Joseph was 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery. Joseph was around 28 when he dreamed the dream concerning the fate of the cup-bearer and the baker. He was 33-34 when he became second in command under Pharaoh. He has been a slave for 17 years. He is reunited with his father Jacob after a 24 year separation. Despite these lengthy periods of enslavement and separation from loved ones, Joseph shows a consistent trust in God's sovereign control of the future.
  30. Joseph trusted in God’s sovereign control of the future. After rotting in prison for years, including two years after having the dream which resulted in the cup-bearer's reappointment, Pharaoh's asks Joseph to interpret his dream. Joseph says:
  31. Genesis 41:16 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” There is no hint of anger directed towards God. Joseph remains faithful to God. He understood that The purposes of God often develop slowly because His grand designs are never hurried.
  32. The great New England preacher Phillips Brooks was noted for his poise and quiet manner. At times, however, even he suffered moments of frustration and irritability. One day a friend saw him feverishly pacing the floor like a caged lion. “What’s the trouble, Mr. Brooks?” he asked. “The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t!”
  33. Third Post A true vision of the future requires the development of God’s perspective.
  34. Joseph's godly perspective is powerfully seen in his first encounter with his brothers. In fact, I think you could easily say that this is one of the high watermarks of the entire Bible and one of the clearest pictures of grace. Joseph’s brothers are braced for the worst once they realize who they are standing before, but Joseph says:
  35. Genesis 45 1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 
  36. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
  37. 4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
  38. Joseph’s godly perspective is further demonstrated in his treatment of his brothers following the death of their father. Following Jacob's death, his brothers are once again panicked. Perhaps Joseph was merciful during the life of their father. Now, he would exact his revenge. And Joseph knew it. He didn’t need to be a mind reader to realize that they had good reason to be afraid. But look at how Joseph deals with his scurrilous brothers:
  39. Genesis 50 15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:
  40. 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 
  41. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 
  42. 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
  43. 22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own.
  44. 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
  45. 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
  46. From Dreamer to Prophet At 17 years of age, Joseph was a dreamer of dreams. At 30 years of age, his dreams enabled him to save nations from starvation. At 110 years of age Joseph is more than a dreamer. He is a prophet, seeing not just decades into the future, but centuries. Long before the Hebrews were enslaved, he saw the bondage – they would need God's aid. He looked ahead 430 years and he saw the exodus.
  47. Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. When we combine the ability to postpone gratification with the patience to endure difficulties, the result is the development of a godly perspective which sees a third road, the ultimate triumph of God's plan and program.
  48. A Discouraging Word “More than at any time in history, mankind faces a crossroads—one path leading to despair and utter hopelessness, the other leading to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” These words were spoken by the eternal optimist, Woody Allen. Sometimes the future looks that bleak… like a true Lose/Lose. Without God in the picture, the future looks pretty ugly.
  49. The man of faith is a man who has God's perspective. When we combine the ability to postpone gratification with the patience to endure difficulties, the result is the development of a godly perspective which sees a third road, the ultimate triumph of God's plan and program.