- Series: December 2015
- Scripture: Genesis 44:1-3; 1 Corinthians 16:14
When Joseph was in Egypt as the right hand of Pharaoh, he had a gentile steward who was in charge of his house. Therefore when Joseph’s brethren come to Egypt to buy corn, Joseph gives instructions to the Gentile Steward about how to pack the food in each man’s sack. And each man is given as much as they can carry, which is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ does with us. God gives us what we can handle. There is the mystery of the silver cup which Joseph instructs to be placed in Benjamin’s sack. Joseph only tells the Gentile Steward about this cup. This means only the Gentile Steward knows about this silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. And the cup is made of silver, which speaks of redemption. Moreover, the cup is given to Benjamin, who comes from the same womb as Joseph. Joseph and Benjamin come from the same world. They are full blooded brothers. They share both the same seed of Jacob as well as the womb of Rachel. That is why there is a strong affinity between them. The Bible records that Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children. The same God whom the world claims to be their God has got his heart on a particular group of people which is predestinated. This shows us that God’s love is not the same for all the children. There is a Joseph who is beloved of the father more than anyone else. There is a bride which is predestinated and called out from among the people in the church. There is a Message of the Hour which is different from other religious gatherings. There is an elected group of people which is without spot or wrinkle. After all, Joseph is perfection, just like the Lord Jesus Christ who could not stand to see people buying and selling in the house of God. As the Lord Jesus Christ plaited ropes to drive the moneychangers away from the temple, so does Joseph report about his brothers’ failure to run their father’s business. No wonder the Prophet also comes on the scene and rebukes the denominational world of having soup parties and worshipping in vain. The end time prophet is like Joseph, bring an evil report on the brethren. That is what the church world does not like. Joseph is loved because he is a child of Jacob’s old age. Jacob’s old ages speaks of the end of time, in which we now live. And if there was a son who was loved more than others in old age, it means there is a group of people whom God loves above all others in this Laodicean church age. That is why Joseph has a coat of many colours, which speaks of a mystery about the life of Joseph. The mystery about Joseph’s life has to made known later on. The mystery has to be broken in the same way that Adam’s mystery had to be broken by the extraction of Eve from Adam’s side which is the same thing which happened with Christ on the cross. The Lord Jesus Christ produced a bride from his side. And right now, we see the Message of the Hour bringing the same bride right back to Christ’s side. The bride is put next to the Lord Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Message of the Hour. When Joseph has the dream about the sheaves, the first people he tells the dream is the brothers. Already we can see how the Lord Jesus Christ came to his own, (the Jews) but they received Him not. Joseph’s dream is not accepted by the brothers in the same way they rejected the Messiah and his ministry. It is strange to note that although Joseph merely tells the dream without giving the interpretation, the brothers already catch the interpretation on their own. And they do not want the prophecy of the dream. That is why they throw Joseph into the pit. But as the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and rose again to sit on the right hand of God, so does Joseph rise up from the pit to sit on the right hand of Pharaoh in a gentile kingdom. Why did the brothers hate Joseph? It was because of his visions, which they could not have. Why did the denominational world hate the Prophet? It was because of the visions which they could not produce themselves amongst them. That is why the church world in our day conspired against the Prophet, who was born of the Baptist woman, which is the church which ordained him. They did not like the supernatural visitation which came with the prophetic ministry. It is striking to note that Rachel only had two sons while Leah had several. The beloved woman has less children than the other woman. The same way that Joseph was hated by his brothers for the evil report of their deeds is the same way the world will hate the believer for standing with the Word. Yet Joseph stored food for the time of famine, when money failed. We also have received the same stored food in the form of books and tapes which the Prophet recorded during his ministry. It was the angel of the Lord which instructed the Prophet to record the sermons. It is an angelic instruction to store the food. We need faith to operate the promises of God when money fails. It is prophesied already that money will fail, and we need to have the faith currency to get what we want and desire. That faith, which Paul speaks of in the second chapter of the Ephesians, is the gift from God which shows the riches of His glory. Indeed, we are saved by grace through faith. There are 3 comings of Joseph’s brothers to Egypt. These three comings correspond to the 3 pulls of how the Prophet must catch fish, according to the instructions from the angel. In the first pull, the Prophet catches a small fish. In the second pull, the Prophet breaks the line. Finally, in the third pull, the Prophet catches a rainbow trout. In the Prophet’s first pull, the people went for healing of the body which is similar to the food which Joseph’s brethren went for in Egypt. The first time the brothers come to Egypt, Joseph gives them corn and they go. But he accuses them of being spies so they have to bring Benjamin on the second trip in order to prove their innocence. But when Benjamin comes at the second coming, Joseph longs to hug him. Joseph longs for brotherly love. He therefore instructs the steward to place the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. As they depart for Canaan, the steward follows them and demands to search the sacks for the silver cup. And the silver cup is found with Benjamin. As Benjamin is found with the silver cup, the brethren have no choice but to go back to Egypt for the third time. This third time happens so quickly. It is actually quicker than the first and second comings to Egypt. it is like the third woe, which cometh quickly as saith the scripture. And while in Egypt, Joseph has a name change. While in the ministry of gentiles, Joseph is called by another name as Zaphenath paneah, which means a revealer of secrets. Joseph’s secrets are revealed to his wife, Esnath. Esnath is the gentile bride who receives secrets. The name change of Joseph shows that the same Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus Christ of the new. As Joseph spoke through an interpreter while in Egypt when talking to his brethren, so did the Lord Jesus Christ speak in a way which made the Jews stumble on the first coming. In the old Testament, when one had a dream, it was recited before the Urim Thumim. If the dream was of God, the lights sparkled and made a rainbow but if the dream was not of God, nothing happened. If one takes Joseph’s dreams to the Urim Thumim to check if they dovetail with the Word, one would find out that they do agree with the scripture. Abraham had long been told that his children would be in bondage in a strange land for 400 years, and Joseph’s dream ushers that migration to the land of bondage. But why was Joseph sold away? The events circulate around the test of brotherly love and the love of the father. One cannot say that they love the father and lack brotherly love. If Joseph’s brothers loved Jacob as their natural father, they would not have sold away Joseph whom the father loved. Now in Egypt, the same test of brotherly love comes again. Simeon is left in Egypt in a prison until the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt. But the father is not willing for Benjamin to go to Egypt especially after the loss of his brother Joseph. However, Joseph comes in to stand between Jacob as the father and Benjamin as the son. Judah plays the role of Christ in an intercessory office. The real mystery between Joseph, the gentile steward and the silver cup is centred on brotherly love. It was the same test which was given to Cain when he slew Abel his brother. We need to understand the role of a steward much more detail to understand the mystery. A steward is defined as one who looks after passengers. We are people who are moving from city to city. We are in flight. We have flight attendants serving us. The first flight attendant was Paul, followed by Irenaeus up to the Prophet in our day. We are travelling in the first class, where we have a 7 course menu of the Word. A steward is also defined as a supplier of food and a keeper of order and arrangements. A steward is one who manages and looks after another’s property. On the third coming to Egypt, Joseph’s brothers are called by the steward himself. The steward is the one who brings the message that between 6 and 9, we shall be gone. In going after Joseph’s brethren, the steward is showing a picture of how God follows the church to the opening of the Word. For when the brethren go back to Egypt for the third time, Joseph is going to make himself known to them. Joseph is going to remove the mask. The removal of the mask is the opening of the Word. Therefore we see that the famine was not the problem in this entire drama. All these events show the revelation of God’s will. They show God’s expression of Himself in brotherly love.