Genesis 41:1-16 Joseph Remembered and Restored
Pharaoh's Problem v.8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. Problems Of : -
A. BloodGuiltiness Guilt/ condemnation Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
B. Blindness Spiritual darkness Unable to understand 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
C. Barrenness Cannot decipher God's revelation "but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh." Pharaoh's Presumption Many seek answers in the wrong places Genesis 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. The Answer Is Not in : - A. Religion Magicians= pagan religions
1. No answer in witchcraft
2. No answer in dead religion
Romans 10:1-4 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
B. Rationalism Wise men No answer in philosophy or Godless "science" Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
C. Righteousness Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Pharaoh's Provision 9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: Joseph Remembered Have You Forgotten Him?The Character Of His Faults he had forgotten Joseph He Had Forgotten A Friend He Had Forgotten A Faithful Friend 40 v 7 And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day? Butler's Darkest Night He Had Forgotten A Faultless Friend 14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. “This do in remembrance of me.” The Cause Of His Faults Perhaps through Ingratitude Perhaps through Ineptitude, worldly care choked the memory Perhaps through Wrong Attitude the butler forgot Joseph out of pride; The Cure For His Faults 9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh he remembered His Past Pharoah in the same condition in which he once was. he remembered His Provision all other means had failed. he remembered His Promise The Commendation For Remembering His Faults because it was Costly (very humbling to him.) it was Confessed (I do remember my faults this day.) it was Corrected (in time)
Pharaoh's Proclamation 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. I. JESUS GIVES AN ANSWER OF PEACE ABOUT THE SOUL Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
A. The preciousness of the soul
B. The presence of the soul "lose his own soul" you ARE a soul, but you also HAVE a soul
C. The place for the soul D.The plan for the soul (Salvation)
II. JESUS GIVES AN ANSWER OF PEACE ABOUT SALVATION
Acts 16:29-30 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
A. Salvation is a PROBLEM for man
B. Salvation is provided by Jesus
C. Salvation is personalized by faith Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
III. JESUS GIVES AN ANSWER OF PEACE ABOUT SUPPLY
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
A. Recognize God's Goodness "in every thing ... with thanksgiving"
B. Request From God's Graciousness "let your requests be made known unto God"
C. Rest in God's Greatness and rely on Him "Be careful for nothing ..." And the peace of God ..."
IV. JESUS GIVES AN ANSWER OF PEACE ABOUT SECURITY
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
A. The Lord is our Rock
B. The Lord is our Refuge
C. The Lord is our Resort
D. The Lord is our Resting place
E. The Lord is our Ruler over the storm! The poem by A.M. Overton. is called "He Maketh No Mistake."
My Father’s way may twist and turn, My heart may throb and ache
But in my soul I’m glad I know, He maketh no mistake.
My cherished plans may go astray, My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead, For He doth know the way.
Tho’ night be dark and it may seem, That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him, He maketh no mistake.
There’s so much now I cannot see, My eyesight’s far too dim;
But come what may, I’ll simply trust, And leave it all to Him.
For by and by the mist will lift, And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, tho’ dark to me, He made not one mistake.
A.W. Tozer says, "It is doubtful that God will ever use a man greatly until he has broken him deeply."