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					A Study of the Christ in the
      Life of Joseph
                      Lesson 6
              Saemmul Christian Church
             September - December 2010
      An ICAHATTOWAK International Production
        Al Bandstra bandstra@iowatelecom.net




                                                1
           Genesis 41:41 - 57

“The Lord Confirms His Word to Pharaoh”




                                      2
      Genesis 41: 41- 42
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I
hereby put you in charge of the whole
land of Egypt." 42 Then Pharaoh took
his signet ring from his finger and put it
on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in
robes of fine linen and put a gold chain
around his neck.


                                             3
        Genesis 41: 43
43 He had him ride in a chariot as his
second-in-command, and men shouted
before him, "Make way!" Thus he put
him in charge of the whole land of
Egypt.




                                         4
      Genesis 41: 44 - 45
44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am
Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift
hand or foot in all Egypt." 45 Pharaoh gave
Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and
gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera,
priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went
throughout the land of Egypt.




                                              5
     Genesis 41: 46 - 47
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he
entered the service of Pharaoh king of
Egypt. And Joseph went out from
Pharaoh's presence and traveled
throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven
years of abundance the land produced
plentifully.


                                         6
     Genesis 41: 48 - 49
48 Joseph collected all the food
produced in those seven years of
abundance in Egypt and stored it in the
cities. In each city he put the food grown
in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph
stored up huge quantities of grain, like
the sand of the sea; it was so much that
he stopped keeping records because it
was beyond measure.
                                         7
        Genesis 41: 50
50 Before the years of famine came,
two sons were born to Joseph by
Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of
On.




                                       8
     Genesis 41: 51 - 52
51 Joseph named his firstborn
Manasseh and said, "It is because God
has made me forget all my trouble and
all my father's household." 52 The
second son he named Ephraim and
said, "It is because God has made me
fruitful in the land of my suffering.


                                        9
     Genesis 41: 53 - 54
53 The seven years of abundance in
Egypt came to an end, 54 and the
seven years of famine began, just as
Joseph had said. There was famine in
all the other lands, but in the whole land
of Egypt there was food.



                                         10
        Genesis 41: 55
55 When all Egypt began to feel the
famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for
food. Then Pharaoh told all the
Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what
he tells you."




                                          11
     Genesis 41: 56 - 57
56 When the famine had spread over
the whole country, Joseph opened the
storehouses and sold grain to the
Egyptians, for the famine was severe
throughout Egypt. 57 And all the
countries came to Egypt to buy grain
from Joseph, because the famine was
severe in all the world.

                                       12
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?




                                                     13
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?

• Pharaoh, gripped by the Word of God,
  exalts Joseph.




                                                     14
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?

• Pharaoh, gripped by the Word of God,
  exalts Joseph.
• God is simply claiming what is His. It is
  His right to rule the world. “The earth is
  the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Ps. 24:1)



                                                     15
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?


•   Vs. 37 Theplan seemed good to Pharaoh
    and to all his officials.




                                                     16
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?


•   Vs. 37 The
            plan seemed good to Pharaoh
  and to all his officials.
• Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the
  hand of the Lord; he directs it like a
  watercourse wherever he pleases.



                                                     17
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?

• Pharaoh exalts Joseph because he sees the
  wisdom and knowledge of God in him.




                                                     18
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?

• Pharaoh exalts Joseph because he sees the
  wisdom and knowledge of God in him.
• Vs. 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since
  God has made all this known to you, there is
  no one so discerning and wise as you.




                                                     19
1. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the whole land
of Egypt. Why?

• Psalm 1 - Blessed is the man
  [whose]… delight is in the law of the
  Lord, and on His law he meditates day
  and night. He is like a tree planted by
  streams of water, which yields its fruit in
  season and whose leaf does not wither.
  Whatever he does prospers.


                                                     20
2. Why does Pharaoh demand all the Egyptians to
completely submit to Joseph?




                                                  21
2. Why does Pharaoh demand all the Egyptians to
completely submit to Joseph?
• Pharaoh knows he doesn’t live in a closed
  universe. He knows God, but does not have
  communion with Him.




                                                  22
2. Why does Pharaoh demand all the Egyptians to
completely submit to Joseph?
• Pharaoh knows he doesn’t live in a closed
  universe. He knows God, but does not have
  communion with Him.
• He is persuaded Joseph is in communication
  with God. Therefore Pharaoh submits himself
  to the Word of God through Joseph and
  demands all the Egyptians to listen to Joseph
  because he is their only hope.


                                                  23
2. Why does Pharaoh demand all the Egyptians to
completely submit to Joseph?
• Pharaoh knows he doesn’t live in a closed
  universe. He knows God, but does not have
  communion with Him.
• He is persuaded Joseph is in communication
  with God. Therefore Pharaoh submits himself
  to the Word of God through Joseph and
  demands all the Egyptians to listen to Joseph
  because he is their only hope.
• Pharaoh understands fearing the Lord is not
  a religion; it’s life itself.
                                                  24
3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
   years and then seven bad years on Egypt?




                                                 25
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• God is preparing a place for Israel in
  Egypt. The seven good years provide
  the substance, the seven bad years
  provide the circumstances to bring
  them into Egypt.




                                                   26
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• To protect Israel, God is separating them
  from the environment of the Canaanites.




                                                   27
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• To protect Israel, God is separating them
  from the environment of the Canaanites.
• Separation for training is required for Israel to
  have the dominion over the earth.




                                                   28
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• To protect Israel, God is separating them
  from the environment of the Canaanites.
• Separation for training is required for Israel to
  have the dominion over the earth.
• Christians are counter-cultural; they do not
  conform to the prevailing culture, but are
  transformed by the renewing of their minds.
  (Romans 12:1 - 2)

                                                   29
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• Psalm 1 - Blessed is the man who does not
  walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in
  the way of sinners or sit in the seat of
  mockers. But his delight is in the law of the
  Lord, and on his law he meditates day and
  night.


                                                   30
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• God is confirming His Word to Pharaoh.




                                                   31
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• God is confirming His Word to Pharaoh.
• God is revealing Joseph as the man who is in
  communication with Him.




                                                   32
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• God is confirming His Word to Pharaoh.
• God is revealing Joseph as the man who is in
  communication with Him.
• God is establishing Joseph over the world.




                                                   33
  3. What is God’s purpose in sending seven good
     years and then seven bad years on Egypt?


• God is confirming His Word to Pharaoh.
• God is revealing Joseph as the man who is in
  communication with Him.
• God is establishing Joseph over the world.
• God is setting the stage for bringing Israel
  into Egypt, not because He is focused on
  saving Egypt at this time, but because He is
  focused on saving Israel.


                                                   34
4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
               God ordain this?




                                                  35
 4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
                   God ordain this?


• Vs. 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name
  Zaphenath-Paneah (Savior of the world or
  Interpreter of Dreams!) and gave him
  Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,c
  to be his wife.

   – c That is, Heliopolis; also in verse 50 - the city was
     the center of sun worship


                                                         36
 4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
                God ordain this?


• Joseph’s naturalization was completed by this
  alliance with a family of high distinction.




                                                   37
 4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
                God ordain this?


• Joseph’s naturalization was completed by this
  alliance with a family of high distinction.
• Being from On, a city founded by an Arab
  colony, Potipherah, like Jethro, priest of
  Midian, might be a worshipper of God.




                                                   38
 4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
                God ordain this?


• Joseph’s naturalization was completed by this
  alliance with a family of high distinction.
• Being from On, a city founded by an Arab
  colony, Potipherah, like Jethro, priest of
  Midian, might be a worshipper of God.
• If so, pious Joseph is freed from the charge of
  marrying an idolatress.



                                                   39
 4. What are your thoughts on Joseph’s wife? Did
                God ordain this?


• Joseph’s naturalization was completed by this
  alliance with a family of high distinction.
• Being from On, a city founded by an Arab
  colony, Potipherah, like Jethro, priest of
  Midian, might be a worshipper of God.
• If so, pious Joseph is freed from the charge of
  marrying an idolatress.
• She’s the wife God gives him.


                                                   40
5. What do you learn about Joseph by the names he
gives his sons?




                                                    41
5. What do you learn about Joseph by the names he
gives his sons?


• The afflictions of the saints promote their
  fruitfulness. Manasseh signifies forgetfulness
  and Ephraim, fruitfulness, for these two often
  go together.




                                                    42
5. What do you learn about Joseph by the names he
gives his sons?


• The afflictions of the saints promote their
  fruitfulness. Manasseh signifies forgetfulness
  and Ephraim, fruitfulness, for these two often
  go together.
• In spite of his position and success, Joseph
  neither rejects nor abandons his trust in God
  or his family heritage. He gives his sons
  Hebrew names.

                                                    43
5. What do you learn about Joseph by the names he
gives his sons?


• Joseph understands his times are in God’s
  hands. (Psalm 31:15) He lives in the
  knowledge God is keeping and protecting
  him.




                                                    44
5. What do you learn about Joseph by the names he
gives his sons?


• Joseph understands his times are in God’s
  hands. (Psalm 31:15) He lives in the
  knowledge God is keeping and protecting
  him.
• He does not dwell on his difficulties and does
  not become bitter towards God. He is
  focused on God’s purpose for him which was
  revealed to him through his dreams.

                                                    45
6. How do you account for the abundance of food for
seven years and its coming to an end?




                                                 46
6. How do you account for the abundance of food for
seven years and its coming to an end?


• God said He would send abundant food for
  seven years.




                                                 47
6. How do you account for the abundance of food for
seven years and its coming to an end?


• God said He would send abundant food for
  seven years.
• God is revealing Himself to Pharaoh by
  confirming His Word.




                                                 48
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?




                                                      49
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?

• Egypt is the only land God reveals His will to.




                                                      50
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?

• Egypt is the only land God reveals His will to.
• God is revealing Himself to Pharaoh as the Lord of
  the universe by sending him the seven good years
  He promised.




                                                       51
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?

• Egypt is the only land God reveals His will to.
• God is revealing Himself to Pharaoh as the Lord of
  the universe by sending him the seven good years
  He promised.
• God is humbling Pharaoh to believe and submit Him.




                                                      52
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?

• Egypt is the only land God reveals His will to.
• God is revealing Himself to Pharaoh as the Lord of
  the universe by sending him the seven good years
  He promised.
• God is humbling Pharaoh to believe and submit Him.
• God is causing Pharaoh to see in Joseph the way,
  the truth and the life.




                                                      53
7. Why is Egypt the only land that has abundance at
this time?

• Egypt is the only land God reveals His will to.
• God is revealing Himself to Pharaoh as the Lord of
  the universe by sending him the seven good years
  He promised.
• God is humbling Pharaoh to believe and submit Him.
• God is causing Pharaoh to see in Joseph the way,
  the truth and the life.
• God is causing Pharaoh to lead the Egyptians to the
  man in whom the Spirit of God lives.



                                                      54
8. Since there is food in Egypt, why does the Bible
tell us about the famine in Egypt and its effects on
the Egyptians?




                                                       55
8. Since there is food in Egypt, why does the Bible
tell us about the famine in Egypt and its effects on
the Egyptians?
• To show us how helpless and hopeless the
  Egyptians are. They have nothing with which
  to save themselves.




                                                       56
8. Since there is food in Egypt, why does the Bible
tell us about the famine in Egypt and its effects on
the Egyptians?
• To show us how helpless and hopeless the
  Egyptians are. They have nothing with which
  to save themselves.
• Like the entire human race, their lives are
  lived with the curse of death hanging over
  their heads.




                                                       57
8. Since there is food in Egypt, why does the Bible
tell us about the famine in Egypt and its effects on
the Egyptians?
• To show us how helpless and hopeless the
  Egyptians are. They have nothing with which
  to save themselves.
• Like the entire human race, their lives are
  lived with the curse of death hanging over
  their heads.
• It is only the grace of God coming to them
  through Joseph that the Egyptians will have
  life. They will have life only by bowing before
  and submitting to Joseph.
                                                       58
9. What is the extent of Joseph’s power?




                                           59
      9. What is the extent of Joseph’s power?

• He has been given all authority over Egypt.
  He sits at the right hand of Pharaoh where all
  Egypt comes and bows to him.




                                                 60
      9. What is the extent of Joseph’s power?

• He has been given all authority over Egypt.
  He sits at the right hand of Pharaoh where all
  Egypt comes and bows to him.
• Joseph exercises absolute authority over
  every Egyptian except Pharaoh.




                                                 61
     9. What is the extent of Joseph’s power?

• He has been given all authority over Egypt.
  He sits at the right hand of Pharaoh where all
  Egypt comes and bows to him.
• Joseph exercises absolute authority over
  every Egyptian except Pharaoh.
• Psalm 31:19 “How great is Your goodness
  which You have stored up for those fear You.”


                                                62
10.   What is Pharaoh witnessing in this passage?




                                                    63
10.   What is Pharaoh witnessing in this passage?



• Hebrews 4:12 “The living and active
  word of God.”




                                                    64
10.   What is Pharaoh witnessing in this passage?


• Hebrews 4:12 “The living and active
  word of God.”
• The infallible and omnipotent Word of
  God.




                                                    65
10.   What is Pharaoh witnessing in this passage?


• Hebrews 4:12 “The living and active
  word of God.”
• The infallible and omnipotent Word of
  God.
• God’s grace being poured out on him to
  bless him and his entire kingdom for
  Israel’s sake.


                                                    66
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?




                                                   67
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?


• Ephesians 1:22 “And God placed all
  things under His [Christ’s] feet and
  appointed Him to be head over
  everything for the church.”




                                                   68
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?


• Ephesians 1:22 “And God placed all
  things under His [Christ’s] feet and
  appointed Him to be head over
  everything for the church.”

• He is faithful to His Word. Pharaoh’s
  dreams are immediately fulfilled over
  the next 14 years.

                                                   69
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?


• Isaiah 46:10
 “I make known the end from
  the beginning, from ancient times, what is still
  to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I
  will do all that I please.”




                                                   70
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?


• Isaiah 46:10
 “I make known the end from
  the beginning, from ancient times, what is still
  to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I
  will do all that I please.”

• Psalm 119: 105 – “Your Word is a lamp to
  my feet and a light for my path.”



                                                   71
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?



• God was fulfilling his promises to
  Joseph.




                                                   72
11. What do you learn about God in this passage?



• God was fulfilling his promises to
  Joseph.
• Unless the LORD builds the house, the
  laborers labor in vain.




                                                   73
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?




                                                    74
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?


• God gave Christ all authority in heaven and
  on earth. He sits at the right hand of God
  ruling and judging all creation in
  righteousness.
• Pharaoh gives Joseph all authority over
  Egypt. He sits at the right hand of Pharaoh
  ruling over Egypt in righteousness and
  judging all Egyptians who must come and
  bow before him.

                                                    75
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?


• On the Mount of Transfiguration God
  proclaims His delight in Jesus Christ to the
  three disciples: “This is my son, whom I love;
  with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”
  (Matthew 17:5)
  Pharaoh proclaims his delight in Joseph and
  commands all the Egyptians to listen to him.



                                                    76
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?


• In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom
  and knowledge.
• Joseph’s marriage to a Gentile bride is a type
  of Christ’s marriage to the church.




                                                    77
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?


• In Christ are hid all the treasures of
  wisdom and knowledge.
• Pharaoh saw hidden in Joseph all the
  treasures of wisdom and knowledge in
  dealing with the next fourteen years.




                                                    78
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?


• In Christ are hid all the treasures of
  wisdom and knowledge.
• Pharaoh saw hidden in Joseph all the
  treasures of wisdom and knowledge in
  dealing with the next fourteen years.
• Joseph is the witness, or the evidence,
  of Jesus Christ to Pharaoh.


                                                    79
12. How is the Christ being revealed in this passage?



• Joseph represents Christ – Come to
  me, all you who are weary and
  burdened, and I will give you rest. Take
  my yoke upon you and learn from me,
  fro I am gentle and humble in heart, and
  you will find rest for your souls. For my
  yoke is easy and my burden is light.

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