Sunday, November 28, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 52 Joseph Reveals His Identity

                                                      God’s Timeline – Part 52

Joseph Reveals His Identity

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON TIMELINE (2021 A.D. = 5781 Jewish Calendar Year)

 -         Creation Week (Approximately 3700 - 4000 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World


-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood (2348 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons


-         Tower of Babel (Approximately 2200 B.C.)

 -         God calls Abram (1921 B.C. 75 years old)

o   Abram and Lot part ways (1915 B.C.)

o   Rescue of Lot (1914 B.C.)


-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (1910 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom


-         Birth of Isaac (1897 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (1876 B.C.)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (1860 B.C. Abraham is 136)


-         Isaac marries Rebekah (1857 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

 -         Jacob and Esau are born (1837 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (1822 B.C. Isaac was 75)

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1857 B.C.)

o   Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael

o   Jacob travels to his grandfather’s family to find a wife (1819 B.C.)

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel

§  Levi is born (1749 B.C.)

§  Joseph is born (1741 B.C.)

§  Benjamin is born (1731 B.C.)

o   Jacob fled Laban and is pursued

o   Jacob Prepares to meet Esau

o   Jacob Wrestles with God & Becomes Israel

o   Jacob Meets with Esau after 20 Years

o   Jacob’s Daughter Raped by Shechem

o   Jacob Returns to Bethel

o   The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac (1716 B.C. Isaac was 180 years old)


-         Joseph’s Dreams (Joseph is seventeen at the time)

o   Joseph Sold by His Brothers (1724 B.C.)

o   Joseph Imprisoned

o   Joseph interprets dreams while in prison

o   Joseph Interprets the Pharaoh’s Dream

o   Joseph enters the service of Pharaoh (1711 B.C. 7 years abundance begins)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt (Approx. 1704 B.C. begins 7-year famine)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt

o   Benjamin’s Silver Cup

o   Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (Approximately 1702 B.C.)




Everything Joseph has done to this point had a reason.


After Josephs's brothers return with Benjamin and Joseph sets the trap by having his servants place the silver cup of divination into Benjamin’s bag, they all return to stand before Joseph to receive their punishment for the theft.


It is during this time the brothers reveal, rather confess, that this was happening to them because God knew their sin. (Which was the way they treated Joseph).


Even more, the brothers showed works worthy of their repentance when Judah offered himself in Benjamin’s place, for both Benjamin’s sake as well as Jacobs, knowing that the loss of yet another son would kill him.


It is at this point Joseph can take no more.  Scripture reveals that multiple times Joseph had to leave his brother's presence to cry over the situation, and he was at another breaking point seeing his brother’s hearts had changed, they had matured, and they were truly sorry for what they had done.


It is in Genesis 45 where we see the results of their repentance.


Be mindful during the reading, firstly of the literal, then the allegorical.




Genesis 45

“Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.”


a.      The brothers now stand in an empty throne room before Joseph

                                        i.      Joseph “made himself known” to the brothers

                                     ii.      They realize who Joseph is, the one they had sold and thought dead

                                  iii.      The brothers were terrified in his presence because of his power and authority

                                   iv.      Joseph forgives them (two years into the famine)

                                      v.      Joseph warns them of the seven-year famine having 5 more years to go

                                   vi.      Verse 6-7 “For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”



b.     The remnant of the tribes will stand before the enthroned Messiah

                                        i.      Jesus is revealed to the tribes

                                     ii.      They realize He is the Messiah, the one whom they pierced

                                  iii.      Jesus forgives them

                                   iv.      There is a seven-year tribulation

                                      v.      This will probably take place two years into the tribulation

                                   vi.      Verse 6-7 famine=tribulation, sons of Jacob = tribes of Israel




                                        i.      Again, literal reading shows Joseph, with his power and authority makes provision for the sons of Jacob and all their families to deliver them from the famine and place them in the land of plenty


                                     ii.      This is the provision the Messiah will make for the remnant of Israel who will be delivered from the Great Tribulation and preserved.





                                        i.      Everyone loved Joseph because of his ability to speak with God and know God’s Will


                                     ii.      They respected him and his authority

                                  iii.      After serving Pharaoh for nine years so far, they have probably become close

                                   iv.      By the way, 9 in the Bible represents divine completeness

1.      Christ died at the ninth hour on the cross “to make a way for salvation”

2.      Joseph in the ninth year of service made a way for Israel’s salvation

3.      Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is on the ninth day (Leviticus 23:32)

4.      There are also nine fruits of God’s Holy Spirit (faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, long-suffering, love, peace, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)




                                        i.      Just as Pharoah (allegorically God) was “pleased” about the sons of Israel’s return, he wanted to bless them, sending them everything they would need for travel and survival, so much so, he said they need bring nothing with them, the best there is will be provided to them when they arrive.




                                        i.      Literal and allegorical exegesis is not “different views” of the same text, rather, the text has more than one meaning.


                                     ii.      Just because the bible contains books that were revelations to man does not mean they did not literally take place.

1.      2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”


                                  iii.      A revelation from God is NOT “what may take place”, rather, what IS.

1.      Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”


                                   iv.      God, in His infinite wisdom, orchestrated the LITERAL situations

1.      Genesis 45:7 “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”


2.      Genesis 45:8 “it was not you who sent me here, but God.”


                                      v.      These LITERAL situations paint a picture for mankind through ALLEGORICAL MEANING, so we will in effect;


1.      Know the foundation of the faith and have God’s Word as a guide to our conscience and measure for the Holy Spirit as well as our Spiritual Growth.


2.      Recognize allegorical speech from past scriptures to KNOW they were God-breathed, a foreshadowing of coming events and true Words of God, thus added to the Holy Bible as canon.


3.      For this reason, many other manuscripts were rejected from inclusion into the Holy Scriptures because within their text were no “fingerprints” of God’s authorship.




                                              i.      First to convince their father, second to gather all their people and flocks




                                              i.      However, the evidence could not be disputed…the food, carts, thousands of dollars worth of silver.

                                           ii.      Jacob believed.



                                              i.      Jacobs “spirit was revived”

                                           ii.      And we know he acted in faith following his sons back to Egypt because of verse 28


“And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

 Remember, any time we see Jacob’s name replaced with Israel, he is acting out of faith and not his own flesh.




Jacob, accepting his beloved son Joseph, who had been thought dead for 20 years, was alive and well and holding a position of great honor, power, and authority over all of Egypt.


Joseph would be Israel and the sons of Israel’s salvation from the famine.

They would have everything they would need to survive provided for them by Joseph and live under the protection and fat of the land of Egypt.



Next week Jacob and Joseph are reunited.



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