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Summary: Even when God robed Himself in humanity and was born in Bethlehem, the people around Him did not recognize Him.

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

Genesis 45:1-5

March 16th, 2014

I AM JOSEPH

Intro: Every story/climax

• Every book written/every movie made/climax

• One moment/everything comes into focus

• Story begins make sense

• Even biblical stories/climax/story Job

What do you think is the climax of that story?

Does the climax come:

• Job prays/friends/God restores Job/giving him twice

• Chap.38-41/God gives Job/revelation/His power/purposes?

• Job’s story/swelling words found/Job 19:25-27

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

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A good case/made/any/above.

• me/climax/story comes very early/think/climax/chap. 1.

• Job/just experienced/loss/everything he values/life

• Children/dead/wealth/possessions/all gone

• Very moment/allowed/see/very heart/Job in action.

His response/his calamities sets/tone/rest of the book.

• When the bottom falls out of his life

• Job falls/ground in humble worship/he says

“Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

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studying/life/Joseph/several months now.

• This story/climax/well/we have just read about it

• One/most dramatic moments/all of history

• Moment we have been building towards takes place.

• Joseph reveals/true identity/his astonished brothers.

Don’t want/disservice/text today/like for us/see Jesus in this climactic scene.

• Moment/Joseph reveals/true identity/brothers

• I see/parallel/how Jesus reveals Himself to those He would save by His grace.

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You see/real climax/any life/not/reach/pinnacle of success.

• Not when our children are born/even/become grandparents

Real climax/any life/moment in time/Jesus Christ reveals Himself/lost sinner/saves that sinner’s soul.

Everything/child/God’s life leads up to and flows out from that moment.

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I. THERE IS A PARALLEL IN HIS KNOWLEDGE

Joseph knew his brothers a long time before they ever knew him.

• First arrived/Egypt, Joseph knew who they were.

• He recognized them, but they did not know him

Knew/Benjamin/soon/laid eyes on him/Judah, Reuben, Simeon,

Levi/all the rest.

But they had no idea who he was.

• To them, Joseph/just/mysterious Egyptian ruler.

• Not know who he/until he revealed himself to them.

• When he cried, “I am Joseph”

• Their eyes were finally opened/they saw him/who he was.

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Amazing thing, but lost sinners do not know God.

• Cannot recognize Him even though He is their Creator.

• They do not know Him/cannot know Him


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