Wednesday

The Enjoyment of Christ
and Our Growth in Life unto Maturity –Week 5

The Reigning Aspect of the Mature Life
Seen in the Life of Joseph

Related Verses
Gen. 40:8
8 And they said to him, We have had a dream, and there is no one to interpret it. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell it to me.

Gen. 41:16
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not of me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.

Acts 26:16
16 But rise up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a minister and a witness both of the things in which you have seen Me and of the things in which I will appear to you;

Eph. 3:7, 10
7 Of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God which was given to me according to the operation of His power.
10 In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

2 Cor. 2:14-16
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.
15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God in those who are being saved and in those who are perishing:
16 To some a savor out of death unto death, and to the others a savor out of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

James 1:12
12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, because when he has become approved by testing, he will receive the crown of life, which He promised to those who love Him.

Related Reading
During his imprisonment…Joseph was joined in his confinement by the chief cupbearer and the baker…They could not understand their dreams, but Joseph was able to interpret them. Although Joseph’s dreams had not yet been fulfilled, he had the faith and the boldness to interpret the dreams of his companions [Gen. 40:8-19]. If I had been Joseph, I would have said, “I interpreted my own dreams, but these interpretations have not been fulfilled…Even if I did know the meaning of their dreams, I would not have the assurance to tell them, because I don’t know that my interpretations will be fulfilled.” However, although Joseph’s interpretation of his own dreams had not been fulfilled, he still had the boldness to say to his companions, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell it to me” (40:8). Joseph seemed to be saying, “I had two dreams, and God gave me the interpretation of them. I still believe in these interpretations, although they have not yet been fulfilled. I have the faith to interpret your dreams for you.” (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1437-1438)

We should speak more according to the vision than according to the fulfillment of the vision. Even if our vision has not been fulfilled, we should still speak of it to others. The time will come when our vision will be fulfilled. Joseph’s dreams were eventually fulfilled through his interpretation of the dream of the cupbearer.

It was just a matter of days before the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker were fulfilled. When the dreams of Joseph’s companions were fulfilled, Joseph was confirmed and strengthened.

Joseph’s speaking not only released him from prison, but also ushered him to the throne. Joseph spoke himself to the throne. He was given authority directly through his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:25-44). If I had been the one interpreting dreams for Pharaoh, I would have been very cautious, fearing that Pharaoh would ask me about my own dreams…Joseph, however, was bold to speak, to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, and through his speaking he was given authority…The more you say that you are not qualified and that you are in the dungeon, the longer you will remain in the dungeon. But the more you speak, the more released you will be.

Speaking is what gave Joseph his authority. His speaking not only put him on the throne, but it secured for him authority over all the land. The more you speak, the more authority you will have. Release and authority both come through speaking.

Wherever you are, you will bring either life or death. To the cupbearer, Joseph brought life. In the cupbearer’s dream we see a vine full of life. But to the baker, Joseph brought death, because the baker was devoured by birds. It is not an insignificant matter to be a Joseph, for wherever you go, people will either receive life or suffer death. Either they will go to Christ, typified by the vine full of life, or they will be devoured by Satan, represented by the birds of the air.

When some read Genesis 40, they may…ask the Lord why He kept Joseph in prison for such a long time.

If you seek the Lord, the Lord will put you into a dungeon. Perhaps all who are around you—your wife, your children, the elders, and the brothers and sisters—intend to respect you; however, whatever they do only serves to put you into a dungeon. We have nothing to say about this. Without the dungeon, we cannot ascend to the throne. Do not be a dungeon dropout; stay in the dungeon until you graduate and receive the crown. (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 1439, 1461-1462, 1442, 1457-1458)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msgs. 112, 114; CWWN, vol. 57, ch. 12

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