From Abraham the father of Faith, to Isaac the Promise, then to Jacob and finally to Joseph.
The story begins in Genesis 14:18, where Abraham met melchizedek after he defeated a couple of kings with 300 servants. ( Thats impressive by itself ) but melchizedek appears and blesses Abraham with bread and wine ( communion ) this signifying that Abraham operated in the Faith of Christ (we can do all things through Christ’s Strength.) It so turns that Abraham then gives out of himself a tenth of all the spoils after defeating the kings and looting them, to Melchezidek. What happens next is very important. The king of Sodom wants to give Abraham some stuff but Abraham refuses and says I will not take any thing, not even a shoe lace, because no man will say I have made Abraham rich.
Abraham knew the promises of God over his life and that God’s word cannot fail. So after trying to produce the promise by himself ( out of his own works ) he ended up with Ishmael, which was not the promise of God. It was not the blessing he was waiting for. ( Gen 22 ) And when the time had come that Abraham received the promise in the form of Isaac, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, his only son, as a test to see if Abraham was willing to give back to God the thing that he waited for for so long.
Again you see Abraham operating in faith and not in the natural mind, knowing that God cannot go back on His word and that He can change the very fabric of nature in order to fulfill His word and promise.
After Abraham passed the test from God with flying colors God said to him:
By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.Genesis 22:16-18
( Hebrews 11:17 ) By faith Abraham held God to His promise, not wavering, knowing that He will even bring Isaac back from the dead because of this promise.
In Blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply you.
This makes sense now, that Abraham refused to receive anything from the king of Sodom, but blessed melchizedek with the the spoils. So when you bless you are blessed and the process cannot stop.
The Father of faith, the establisher of believing and trusting God ( outside of the natural ways of thinking and understanding, ) produces Isaac. The promise still stands! When God releases a word, it cannot die. If he does not specify an expiration date, the word cannot stop producing. When God said let there be light, a cosmic explosion of creating started and till today it hasn’t stopped. This is what you can find with a little research – google “new galaxies” The galaxy-formation process has not stopped. Our universe continues to evolve. Small galaxies are frequently gobbled up by larger ones. The Milky Way may contain the remains of several smaller galaxies that it has swallowed during its long lifetime.
So Isaac being the son of the father of faith knows the promise and has experienced faith first hand. In Gen 25:20 Isaac entreated
to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore. 2. to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
Isaac knew he can make a request ( bank on God’s Word and promise. )
In Gen 26:1 there was a famine in the land, a similar experience to his father,
and God tells Isaac to sow in this famine. This is something the normal mind cannot comprehend. It’s not how things work. You don’t sow in famine and reap a hundredfold harvest, but Isaac knew the promise and the word that God speaks cannot fail. So he sows and receives a hundredfold harvest. Funny thing is, he gets asked to leave because his wealth was too great for the king, Abimelech.
From Isaac was born Esau and Jacob.
The story goes that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, and Jacob takes up on that deal and receives the blessing that would have gone to Esau. So Jacob now received the blessing. In Gen 32:24-30 Jacob wrestled with God, demanding a blessing and got a name change, but this only came into effect later in Gen 35:9. So the promise still continues and then Joseph comes into the picture.
Here are some things that stands out in Genesis 37-41
- 37:4 – the love of one will create jealousy in another
- 37:5 – Dreams mean nothing if not spoken. ( Turn your dreams to words. ) This will set into motion the path needed to fulfill the dream, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest path
- 40 – God will bring you along the path of someone else’ dream before yours will be fulfilled.
- 41 – The part you play in others dreams will in turn create the path for your to be fulfilled
Now I want to bring you to the important part of this message. It all comes down to this: Joseph was placed in charge of the storehouses of Egypt ( Gen 41:57 ) and during the years of famine all the nations came to Joseph to buy from the corn that was stored up.
Joseph’s dream was the destiny: God chose to bless all nations as he had promised to Abraham. So the promise still stands.
What is your dream? do you have a storehouse prepared?
You cannot ask God to bless you or to use you to be a blessing if you haven’t prepared room to receive. Its time for the storehouses to be filled.
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.Luke 12:16-21
The important thing to take away from this is that Jesus doesn’t say don’t build and fill up your storehouses. He’s simply saying that in doing so, do not forget to be rich towards God
GOD DEMANDS FROM US TO BE ACCOUNTABLE WITH ALL THE GIFTS AND BLESSINGS WE HAVE.
The thing is, the whole bible is a record, a collection of things. The heavens are full of records and books, there’s even the book of life. Think about all the scrolls throughout the times of the prophets and so on. So God has no problem with gathering up. In fact, God wants us to build storehouses and to fill them up.
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?Luke 16:9-11
Its time for Christians to get out of the ‘poverty means holiness’ mentality and start filling the storehouses and start being rich towards God.
Take note Joseph could fill all the storehouses of Egypt so that the nations would come to Egypt and to Him, all because of the Dream that kept him, the promise that was active and the Faith that he lived by.
This same promise is alive and active today. You are seed of Abraham and joint heirs with Christ. The word is alive.
Thank you for reading, I know this has blessed you.