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From the Pit to Prosperity

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The picture of Jesus is Joseph is so powerful and undenighable. Pastor Bill shows the comparison between the two illustrating the way of salvation for the world.

Notes & Transcripts
Introduction:
We started a new series last week called “Living the Dream.” A story of Joseph is Genesis.
God has a dream for every person. Sometimes he reveals that dream for you and others to follow. Sometimes he just works the dream out until it becomes a reality.
But here is what we’ve learned so far:
Joseph was the favored son of Jacob or Israel.
He was second to the youngest of 12 brothers.
God gave him two dreams. In the first dream the brothers bowed down to him. In the Second dream the entire family bowed down to him.
It’s hard to dream with God. When God give you a dream it will be God-sized. You can’t accomplish the dream without him.
People are not always receptive to your dreams with God. People want to control the dream, destroy the dream, or even kill the dream and sometimes the dreamer.
Joseph has no idea how these dreams are going to come to pass. He just knows that they originated with God.
Some of you have experienced this hardness and suffering just in the little bit of the dream that God has revealed so far. For example:
When you go home and say, “I have received Christ as my Lord and Savior.” and the family isn’t happy or excited about it. They call it a phase, and tell you to grow out of it.
When you are called to go to Africa to minister to little boys and girls that have never heard the gospel. You would expect everyone to cheer you on and be excited, but their not.
Living the Dream has never been easy. Jesus knew it was be hard.
Matthew 10:34–36 ESV
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.
Matt 10:34
Matthew 10:37–39 ESV
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10:
Paul knew the dream wasn’t easy when he said to Timothy
2 Timothy 2:3 ESV
3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Tim 2:
You look at anyone in the world today that has seen their dream come true and you will find a story full of suffering and hard times until the dream came to pass.

How to Endure to see the Dream Come to Pass:

God’s dreams for you are forged through the trials of life.
Be willing to endure the suffering to see the dream unfold.
When God gives you a dream, trust him through the trials.
God given dreams change the World.
If you are willing to endure the trials, you to can go from the Pit to Prosperity.

Joseph and Jesus

Sent by the Father
Joseph
Genesis 37:12–14 ESV
12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.” So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Gen 37
Jesus
1 John 4:10 ESV
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Matthew 15:24 ESV
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matt 15:24
2. His brothers conspired against him.
Joseph
Genesis 37:18–20 ESV
18 They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
Genesis 37:18 ESV
18 They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.
Genesis 37:
Jesus
Jesus
Matthew 12:14 ESV
14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
John 1:11 ESV
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
John 1:
3. They stripped him of his robe.
Joseph
Genesis 37:23 ESV
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore.
Genesis 37:20 ESV
20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
Gen
Jesus
Matthew 27:28–31 ESV
28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
Gen
Matt 27:
4. They cast him in the pit. The pit is the place of death.
Joseph
Genesis 37:24 ESV
24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
Gen 37:
Ps
Psalm 30:3 ESV
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Isaiah 14:15 ESV
15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
Ezekiel 26:20 ESV
20 then I will make you go down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to dwell in the world below, among ruins from of old, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set beauty in the land of the living.
Sheol is the place of the dead located in the center or lower parts of the earth.
Jesus describes it in as having to compartments.
A place of torment for the wicked (which we know as hell)
A place of peace for the righteous (which we know as paradise or Abraham’s bosom)
Jesus
Matthew 12:40 ESV
40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Ephesians 4:9–10 ESV
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph 4:
When Jesus died on the cross he declarer to the sinner,
Luke 23:43 ESV
43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke
Jesus was cast into the pit by his brethren through his death on the cross.
Ephesians 4:9–10 ESV
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph
5. He rose again alive out of the pit.
Joseph
Genesis 37:28 ESV
28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
Gen 37:
Jesus
Matthew 28:6 ESV
6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
Matt 28:
6. They sold him to the world
Joseph
Genesis 37:28 ESV
28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
Jesus
Acts 28:26–28 ESV
26 “ ‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” 27 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
The Jews are still in denial today. They still don’t believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
John 1:11–13 ESV
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
But you
We believe and are sure that Jesus is the Christ.
He came unto his own and they rejected him.
He died on the cross for our sin and shame.
He spent three days paradise setting the captives free
He rose again conquering death and the grave
And He now offers salvation for death and the grave to all those that will believe in him.
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