Joseph…B.I.N.G.O. Genesis 41:33-57 Sept 19, 2021
Thought from above – “It is God who will deal with the cupbearers of your past!”
“I can’t,” Joseph said, (very short pause) “but God can…”
Interpret a dream…or … take a man from prison cell and make him second in command over all of Egypt. It was the outward circumstances that molded Joseph’s internal condition; he would now experience the benefit of wrongful suffering.
Joseph will live another 80 years without a word of resentment on his lips or in his heart. Non toward his brothers, toward Potiphar’s wife, or the cupbearer…or God. There is more to contrast here than cows and wheat in Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph stood in direct contrast to the culture, the staff in the palace, the prisoners in the jail, and the magicians in Pharaoh’s courts. (the magicians did miracles in Moses’ time). Even in contrast to Joseph’s earlier comments to the cupbearer remember when, “I and me” to now (two years later) God, God, God! I cannot! But, God can. Hold on Pharaoh and see what my God is about to do. Joseph was truly humbled under the mighty hand of God.
Someone contact “Zip-recruiter” (41:33) we need a discerning, well-organized, wise manager, A Conservator for the fourteen years! Joseph writes his own job description, (as a recommendation of course)
Most of us would likely try to maneuver, scheme, or plot to get our way. Only to see it dissolve right before your eyes. Not the kind of promotion Joseph wanted. Somewhere in the lonely years of dungeon days, abandonment, and forsakenness, he let the Lord have His way. His timing! His purpose! No self-promotion or selfish ambition. Only God.
So Pharaoh asked, “Where could we find such a man…?” (Isn’t it obvious…) someone say “Joseph” would someone cry, “BINGO!”
Joseph, first because he was a Believer in the One True God, 2nd a man of Integrity in all circumstances. 3rd he was a Non-conformist, (want to make a difference? Be different! “Hebrew”). 4th he was God-sent. (we’ll hear Joseph say just that. (45:7) “It is God who will deal with the cup- but God did. bearers of your past!” and 5th Obedient even while being mistreated.
Proverbs 1:1-7 promises us the same discernment and the ability to have shrewd insight into a situation, to act constructively.
Joseph assessed the situation and makes the right move. He understood how to make difficult decisions, under pressure, because he had been under God’s hand.
Verified and validated he was given the king’s signet ring. (parking lot, to stamped coins, identified) a garment, (more “colorful” than the last, two) a gold necklace, and a chariot ride. (Ps. 105:16-18)
Vs.45 a new name Zaphenath-Paneah (thanks) (Savior of the people)
And a wife, Asenath (belongs to her father) (vs. 50-52) Two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (Amnesia and double blessing)
He went throughout, (2X it says) all the land of Egypt. OUT! Fresh air, wind in his hair OUT! Oh feel it…( vs. 46)(Everyone was hungry after cutting wood, I said, “Just think how good it will taste when…you’ll get there.” Just remember BINGO.
Very few who saw the freedom Joseph enjoyed knew or understand… they couldn’t see his past or his future, but God does.
Joseph was prepared and refined by the mighty hand of God, that’s how you get the ring…trust without panic.
The walk often has the WAIT, and maybe the weight of the world…
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.