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A Pit, A Prison, and A Palace

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Sermon shared by Ritchie Ables

January 2001
Summary: A parallel view of our personal lives to Joseph’s pit to the palace journey.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
A PIT, A PRISON, AND A PALACE
Ritchie L Ables

Today’s sermon will focus on the life of Joseph. The life of Joseph more closely parallels the life of Jesus Christ than anyone else in all of scripture.
We find numerous similarities between Joseph and Jesus, although scripture never actually states that he was a type of Christ. (a) Both were special
objects of a father’s love (b) Both were hated and rejected by their brothers (c) In both cases brothers conspired to slay them (d) Joseph was in intent
put to death by his brothers, as Christ actually was put to death (e) The life of Joseph was resurrected to reconcile his brothers to himself, just as Christ
was resurrected to offer pardon and reconcile his brothers to himself.

I. FINDING YOURSELF IN A PIT

Genesis 37 (Red Ribbon)

(A) Being chosen as an heir can lead to a pit - v.3

Through no doings on Joseph’s part was he the chosen heir to his Father’s riches. Reuben, the eldest, had forfeited his right by incest. Simeon and Levi, next in order, were ruled out because of their violence at Shechem. Judah, the fourth son, was the next heir. Joseph, though eleventh in the line, was Jacob’s firstborn by his favorite wife Rachel and his Father’s pick, and so apparently sparked Judah’s rival.

Church, let God start using someone and just watch how many people the devil stirs up against them.
When the Revival in Brownsville, Fla. first began a few years ago, it is reported that the Headquarters of the Assembly of God sent leaders to put a stamp of
approval on it. Church, you don’t need a man’s approval for God’s agenda. Paul said in one place that he didn’t take time to confer with the Jerusalem
council... he simply obeyed God. (Galatians 1:16 - 17)

(B) Telling your dream to the wrong people can lead to a pit - v.5

Not everyone is going to be in tune with God as you are. Be careful who you share your dreams and visions with. Many times, God gives us a vision to accomplish and as soon as we share it and make it known... there are people waiting to oppose it and cause a strife against it. God tried twice in the past 25 years to move one of our churches to a more visible location
under two different pastors to no avail. The dreams were cast in a pit by those who oppose themselves (2 Timothy 2:25).

Also, when Christ began to reveal his mission with the disciples, Peter began to speak against the divine plan, and Jesus was moved to rebuke the voice of Satan speaking through Peter. It’s not enough to have good
intentions and be well meaning in your words and
actions... when your decision opposes the plan of God... you are in rebellion and in direct
insubordination to a move of God.

(C) Being obedient among jealous brethren can lead to a pit - v.11 - 20

Church, be watchful among your brothers and sisters, jealousy is cruel and has caused many hurtful divisions among Christian leadership and laity
alike. Mark 15:10 - For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. Acts 13:45 - But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled
with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
We must be obedient to the heavenly visions that God sends even when it isn’t popular with our own followers. Always remember that not everyone is going to agree with God’s plans, especially
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