Joseph by Norman Grubb, Part 2

Joseph By Norman P. Grubb

So now we have the next stage: Joseph not only had been concerned with his brothers’ conduct…not identified with it…but had taken a separate way and opened his heart to his father. This resulted in the brothers turning on him and hating him and making his life a hell for him, yet this only confirmed him more! That’s the proof. If Joseph had been just a self-seeking young man, he wouldn’t have stood this for long. Here he was, surrounded by a family who took every opportunity they could to tear him down. Then something happened. A happening which either is total nonsense or truth; an absurdity, a fantasy or imagination, or God. It was Joseph’s first dream. 

We go on to see that all the way through his life Joseph knew the dreams were from God, and always said God spoke to him by dreams. That’s what it means to have the inner consciousness of God. You see, we live by inner consciousness. We live by what we know within us. That’s why my new birth is when I know Jesus is in me, not merely that I have believed in Him outwardly, but that I have had confirmation in me (as Paul wrote in Gal. 1:15-16). This is what Joseph had: a consciousness. The future was to prove this. This was that God said something to him, something so far out, something which had such an apparent characteristic of total conceit that a person couldn’t say it unless he believed it. He was to say that in this dream of these sheaves of wheat, all the sheaves were representatives of his brothers who would bow down before him and do obeisance to him! 
Obviously a young man isn’t going to make a dream like that public to his brethren after he had already been suffering from them, unless he was getting prepared for a pretty good beat up. That’s conviction behind that. Faith has a conviction and you’ve got to say it. That’s what witnessing is, saying what I’ve got to say. So he said it! Therefore, it says, they hated him the more for his dreams and his words. “You’re not going to be head over us, are you?” Now he was coming up to the moment which is a crisis moment in people’s lives, when you get fixed. Here Joseph became a fixed person; he never deviated again. 
You’re fixed when you’re fixed in unity and you know it is God in you. Period! It’s always God in you and God by you. God is in your form. That’s a fixation. I couldn’t prove this in Joseph’s life except by the evidence of the life that followed. But it is clear to me that this happened to Joseph when he had to take one final further step. He had another dream which is still more wildly fantastic. In this dream, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars do obeisance to him. Previously it had been sheaves representing the brothers. This was a sun and moon and eleven stars, including father and mother. So this young man had to say, “My own father, my godly, God-anointed father Jacob (his mother had gone by then, 35:19), my parents are all going to do obeisance to me.” You don’t easily say that unless God makes you. Life is God making you. This is this inward consciousness which is God in you, operating by you. Joseph didn’t do it at first – maybe was afraid. It says he first told his brothers, not his parents (37:9). Then it says he told his father and his brethren. Whether they challenged him to dare to do so, I don’t know. But he finally had to come right out, not only to his brothers who were on his level, but to his father and say, publicly, “God has said you are all to bow down to me in the course of God’s purposes.” That takes some saying! 
Now I think that’s the moment, I would guess by his future life, when his God-union became established. He knew this was God operating by him. All that happened in the future was God operating by him. He knew it was not he himself, but the living God. This crisis comes out of the travail of faith, and these are travails he went through; they produce a birth, for faith is a conviction that God has said something. “I know it.” “He that believeth hath the witness in himself” (1 John 5:10). That’s the key verse on faith. “He that believeth…” If you believe, inside you know. So faith is knowledge. Faith is that the thing you believed is yours. So a conviction of faith isn’t a conviction that I just believed; it is a conviction that I know the thing is so. And I say so. I suggest that is the radical crisis moment in Joseph’s life when the relationship between God and him was settled. I might add this: if this was God and not phony, and the years were to prove that it wasn’t imagination and fantasy, but was God…God isn’t likely to say that to a conceited young man, is He? He isn’t likely to say that to a self-seeking, self-righteous young man, is He? He says that to a concerned man. God doesn’t talk to unconcerned people. He spoke to this boy because he could take it…he was conditioned. Ah, that’s it.
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Joseph by Norman Grubb, Part 1

Notes from Norman

By Norman P. Grubb

We’re going to look together into what we can learn about the ways of God and the ways of the Spirit through a human life, and that is the life of Joseph, as it has been recorded for us in considerable detail in Genesis 37-49. Actually, the Spirit of God is in operation in all lives from their birth…as God said to Jeremiah, “Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you.” In some instances, maybe including some of ourselves, we are able to trace the operations of the Spirit of God from quite youthful days. Sometimes the real meeting of the Spirit with man doesn’t come until later years in recorded form. Joseph is one of those in whom God had begun to do work as a youth – the same as He had done in his father, Jacob. 
From early youth, Jacob had identified with the purposes of God to pour out His Spirit on the whole world through them as they walked faithfully with Him. So, Jacob’s life is identified with God’s purposes. His ambition was to be an anointed agent by whom God would fulfill His will. That’s why he was ready at the pottage incident with Esau. You can’t jump into a thing like that. He had a prepared heart, ready for the moment when he could possess the promises of God and the birthright which he knew, through Rebekah, to be his. So, he moved in. 

Joseph was the same. The family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had become established in this area of Canaan, Palestine. It was well known, and their testimony doubtlessly was widely known among all the people around. We know that Pharaoh knew, Abimelech knew and various local heads of tribes knew, and [they knew] what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah…and that their testimony was to the living God. The evidence that Joseph knew God was a disturbance with his brothers. He was the youngest…seventeen. His brothers were going through a period of the flesh. They were believers, but they had to learn the difference between the flesh-governed and the Spirit-governed life. They were the progenitors of the twelve tribes, but they were living, at that time, the life which was no testimony in this area where people are watching to see what God’s people are like. They were out with the sheep, a good way off, where their father and the influence of home couldn’t be felt. Undoubtedly they were plunged into all the activities of the world and the flesh and the devil, and, maybe, the idolatry in those areas around. Joseph was with them, feeding the flock with his brethren (Gen. 37:2). But the further evidence that Joseph was God’s man was the bond of love he had with his father…and as the inheritor of God’s covenant promises. So he couldn’t hide the goings on of his brothers from his father. So it says that he “brought unto his father their evil report.” 
Foolish people, who don’t see the depths of the working of God, would point their finger at Joseph and say he was a kind of sneak, a kind of self-righteous person…“I’m not like them, doing things they are doing; I’ll tell my father about them.” A person who is building himself up in his own self-righteousness can’t stand a smash-up for long. Joseph would have cracked up mighty quick if all he was concerned with was his own self-advancement, because he was to go through some mighty big storms. So all the evidence of the life that follows was that this wasn’t a foolish, silly boy wanting to sneak on his brothers and be better than them. He was a young boy with the concern of God on him, which he might be involved in the purpose of God to bring His blessing to the world, as far as he understood what this blessing was to be, as God had promised it. So he brought this concern to his father as a concerned young man. 
Jacob had been that way himself. He knew what it was to differentiate between being a man for his own ends, a man of the flesh and a man of the Spirit, because of what he had been through with Esau. So, obviously, Jacob could relate to Joseph. Obviously he saw: “Here’s one I can talk to, who understands who we are…that God’s got some purposes and is preserving us for His world purposes.” So he had the heart affinity with his son Joseph. It is said that he gave him a special coat as a cover, which marked him as apart from his brothers outwardly as a son of his old age. But I have no doubt that this was a special indication, rather like the mess of pottage incident, by which Jacob was beginning to see that Joseph was God’s marked man. That created jealousy, as it would do to the flesh…hatred to the point that his brothers couldn’t even speak peaceably to him. They really went for him (Gen. 37: 3-4).
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The ‘real’ meaning of MOAB

Jesus MOAB
Lord I love you and how you rise up in us to cause us to walk, talk and work in your ways!

As I’m reading a Facebook post from a sister in Christ livid about the MOAB being dropped on Afghanistan…. 

seeming lack of outrage from any group…

What is outrage?

Is it not people who speak out and share their voice of concern about an event, situation or trend. 

We know of course that incident proximity has a impact on people’s desire to speak out or get involved.

But ‘out of sight out of mind’ applies more often than not for many human tragedies.

We know who the ruler of this world is. We know his purpose to kill steal and destroy. The evil one has no place in us, our hearts or our works.
We know as saints we have been equipped as over-comers and we are more than conquerors. 

We bring light. God’s light and love. We see through to God’s grand design and purpose in all global events. 

We watch, not getting involved and distracted but remain focused on bringing in His Harvest (Luke 10) in our family, neighborhood, house church and our communities, resting in His peace as His ambassadors, being co-saviors to our world.

Paul’s advice to Timothy comes to mind, as does Isaiah and prophecy in Psalms:

“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, EVERY knee shall bow to me, and EVERY tongue shall confess to God.””

‭‭Romans‬ ‭14:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me EVERY knee shall bow, EVERY tongue shall swear allegiance.’”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above EVERY name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My point ladies and gentlemen is that God has been working His plan from the beginning and we can get all worked up and in a tizzy like the world does, or we can be the savior as us to our world.

Let’s rest, assured that God has it. Let men carry on wearing themselves out going around in circles until they come to the end of themselves. God’s light shining by us will be very brilliant and His way more obvious to choose!

Let’s get refocused not on what men and the world say about MOAB and translate the acronym’s true meaning:

Messiah Offers All Blessings!

And what precisely are just some of His blessings for those who believe and receive Christ Jesus as their Lord and savior? – read about 75 blessings here

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