Faithlife Sermons


Genesis  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
0 ratings
· 1 view


If we have not had the pleasure of meeting my name is John Colunga and I have the privilige of serving as lead pastor here at New Day Pasadena
I also have the privilige of bringing this weeks sermon
So if you have your Bibles, plese turn to Genesis 41:37-57
We are continuing a new sermon series called “Genesis” and we will be going through six key accounts in the book of Genesis
Genesis is the first book of the Bible and is the first book of the Pentateuch
(Greek word is - pentateuchos, “five volume [book]”),
These 5 books are often referred to as “the law”
Includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy
The majority of scholars agree that they were written by Moses
Genesis is a narritive, and more than that it is the foundation to which the rest of scripture rests
And up till now we have talked about God creating the world and man
That God himself is good, his intent is good, his will is good, his design is good,
So when he created the world, the world was good
He created man his image and in his likeness
And it was his will that man and woman’s will be aligned with his
So he gave them a command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
We talked about Adam and Eve disobeying God and they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
And when they ate of it they were no longer unashamed but rather now carried shame
And it was at this point that God promised a Savior, one who would crush Satans haead though his heel would be bruised by death
two weeks ago we talked about Noah and how God saved him and his family when God flooded the world
God doesnt learn and he doesnt change
God will punish or or bless according to the current circumstance
So God does change the future of human history by flooding the earth
At the end, God made a covenant to never flood the earth again and gave a rainbow as the sign of it
We talked about God’s covenant with Abraham
Abraham had to faith and obedience to leave his country
As Abraham left, he was to be a blessing to all who he came around
God would make him a great nation
God would bless Abraham
God would make his name great
Through Abrahams came Jesus
Jesus is the Newer and better covenant
His covenant is not dependant on mans actions, rather on his own work on the cross
Thus, God has always been faithful to keep his covenants
We need to just have faith and obedience to him
Last week we talked about Jacob and how he prepared his entire camp for worship
That God kept his promise and continued the Abrahamic Covenant throuh Jacob
And God changed Jacobs name to Isreal
And even after obedience and a blessing
Jacob still went through hardship
Today, we will talk about Joseph -
Scripture tells us in Gesesis 37 that Jacob loved Joseph more than any other of his sons
And this love that was aparent bt his actions (making a coat of many colors) had his brothers jealous
In fact they weren’t just jealous, they hated him
And then Joseph has dreams that his brothers bundle of wheat bowed down to his bundle, and this happened after his bundle arose and was over theirs
So now, they hate him even more because the implication of this is that Joseph would reign and rule over them
And another dream came to Joseph where the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to him
So now, not only are the brothers going to bow down to him but his mom and dad as well
So Joseph is rebuked by his father and his brothers jealousy grew
Then the brothers conspired to kill him but Reuben convinced them to just throw him in an ampty well
And then it was Judah’s idea to sell Joseph
Judah is the oldest son
And so they sell Joseph to Potiphar and bring back his robe with blood of an animal on it to their father Jacob
In chapter 38 we find what seems to be a narrative of Judah and his offspring
We will come back to this later
Genesis 39 - Joseph is sold to Potiphar and God was with Joseph and blessed him
Joseph’s works hard and is trusted to be the overseer of everything Potiphar had
Then, Potiphar’s wife tries to get Joseph to sleep with her and Joseph says no
Potiphar’s wife had grabbed Josephs cloak and has he fled he left it behind
Potiphar’s wife uses cloak to say that he tried to advance on her
She makes note that Joeph, a Hebrew, was trying to disgrace her
And so Potiphar throws Joseph in prison, where God was still with Jospeh
And so in prison God blessed Joseph as Joseph was trusted to run the prison
Then Joseph interprets two dreams, two prisoners, the baker and cup bearer displaced Pharaoh and were in prison
One of these dreams were favorable as the cupbearer would return to work for Pharaoh but the baker would be put to death
Within three days, as predicted, these things came to pass
And then Pharaoh started having two dreams and the cupbearer told Pharaoh about Joseph
So Joseph comes before Pharaoh and interprets his dream
Joseph tells Pharaoh that his dreams mean the same thing
There will be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine
And without asking, Joseph gives a recommendation of what the Pharaoh should do
This is how we know that Joseph wasn’t seeking power
Joseph tells Pharaoh what he should do, appoint a man to oversee the years of plenty and store one fifth of the grain
And keep the food as a reserve for the seven years of harvest
Joseph gives a blueprint of what needs to happen - and then we get to todays text
If you are able, I ask that you please stand and follow along as I read God’s Word - Genesis 41:37-57
37 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. 46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured. 50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” 52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” 53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.” 56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ge 41:37–57.
This is the word of the Lord, you may now be seated
If I were to ask you, “Who are you?” what would you say?
If I were to ask, “what are you about?” what would you say?
Both of these center around the word identity - What is your identity?
Specifically I want to ask, What is the foundation of your identity?
Because you can talk about identity in a lot of different ways
The Big 8 Social identites are:
Gender Identity
Race Identity
Ethnic Identity
Sexual Orientation Identity
Religion or Spiritual Identity
Nationality Identity
Socioeconomic Status Identity
Others include:
Ability or Disibility
Values and Beliefs
We use these things to help define us and find our identity
Wikipedia - Identity formation, also called identity development or identity construction, is a complex process in which humans develop a clear and unique view of themselves and of their identity.
And I acknowledge it can be complex when you do not have a foundation
You can get so lost in trying to figure out who you are or who you are suppossed to be when you are focusing on identity formation
And I believe this is a reason why we have so many people today stuggling with an identity crisis
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
Why am I here?
What am I suppossed to feel?
How do I know that I am loved?
Where do I find love? Find acceptance? Find success?
What defines me as a person?
Who do I want to become?
Am I suppossed to find my identity in myself?
In what I like. In what I want to do. In my goals.
How does my experiences play into my identity?
How do my friends experience define my identity?
There are so many questions we can ask ourself about identity
Bust most of your identity will stem from what your anchor is or what your foundation is
Today I want to submit to you that the foundation of who you are needs to be rooted in Jesus Christ
Joseph, the son of Jacob knew that the foundation of his identity was in God and his life showed it

Trying to change identity

Before we move any forward we must submit that up to this point, Joseph hasn’t cursed God or turned from Him
Joseph has been faithful to God
We have come to a place in todays reading where Joseph is promoted to be number two in all the land of Egypt
Joseph is the one Pharaoh chooses because there is evidence of wisdom and discernment in him that is from God
And make no mistake - Pharaoh is not acknowledging God as the one true God,
Pharaoh believes that he himself is a god - but he blelieves that he works and rules in conjunction with other gods
And Pharaoh believes that as a god, he can choose who is favored and not favored
He decides when to carry out justice or give mercy
He decides when to put someone in a place of authority
And he acknowledges that the God of Joesph has chosen to bestow his Spirit in to Joseph just as Pharaoh decides to choose from among his own people who he favors
And Pharaoh, in his own mind, to work in conjunction to this other God, makes Joseph second and gives him all of the honors that a second in command would have
But Pharaoh cant have a Hebrew man with a Hebrew name in authority in Egypt
So Pharaoh changes his name from Joseph to Zaphenath-panea
If you remember when Babylon took over Israel and Daniel’s name was changed
This is done to try to erase the identity of the persons origin country so that they would embrace the identity of the new country
In both cases both Daniel and Joseph accepted these name changes but did not turn away from God
So Pharaoh changes Josephs name, gives him the best Egyptian clothes, Egyptian jewelry, Egyptian chariot with escort,
He parades him around so that everyone would know that this man in over them
And then Pharaoh gives him an Egyptian wife, a daughter of an Egyptian priest
Why? So that they would have Egyptian babies
Pharaoh is doing everything he can to change Joseph’s identity in every area of his life
Joseph goes along with all of this - but I submit to you that the foundation of his identity never changed
Joseph’s identity in God produced hard work and blessings for others -
Many times we hear or get the idea that the further up you go in a company the less you have to work
Less work and more paperwork
You can start slacking off a bit because now you are in a position of authority
Some may do this and it is not the right thing to do
We certainly do not see Joseph doing this
In every position Joseph had, either under Potipher, under the prison guard, or under Pharaoh - Joseph worked hard
And even after joseph is promoted, he continued to work hard
Jospeh is the slave but God blessed Potipher’s house - Genesis 39:3-5 “His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.”
Jospeh is the prisoner but the prison ran successfully - Genesis 39:21-23 “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.”
And now as second in command God blessed Egypt - 47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
Joseph’s identity in God produced a faith that persevered when tested
There is a saying that says “Life’s not fair”
And by human standards, by human logic, its not fair that Egyptians and Egypt benefits while Joseph suffers!
That unbelievers benefit from his affliction - from his injustice - and from his enslavement
By human logic and standards it is hard to understand that God loves and favors Joseph and yet allows him to be a slave
However, Joseph understood that God had a plan and that he was to be faithful
There is no doubt that Joseph’s upbringing played into his faithfulness
Joseph was a circumsized child of the covenant and there is no doubt that his father Jacob raised him and taught him of it
There is no doubt that Jacob told Joseph of his failings - how he and his mother did not trust God but tried to take matters into their own hands and decieved Esau
And Joseph, being taught and raised to have faith and trust in God, has continued even when life seemed unfair
Joseph’s identity in God produced forgiveness and recognition of God’s blessings
And you might say that Joseph is now second in command and isnt suffering but that’s not necessarily the case
because Joseph knows that Egypt isn’t his true home
He misses his dad, his family - being separated from them has caused him great misery
It could cause great anger, vengance, resentment, bitterness
But his foundation rooted in God, And so Joseph sees how God has used him and blessed him and so he forgives
He names his son Manasseh - A Hebrew name “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”
You see, Pharaoh can change Joseph’s name but Joseph gets to name his sons and so he clings to his foundation
Joseph clings to the covenant of God and stays true to him and names his son as a son of the covenant
A covenant from the one true God to his people
And so he gets a second son and he gives him the Hebrew name Ephraim “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Angain, in Egypt, Joseph was afflicted but has since blessed him
Joseph’s identity in God produced a providence that can only be given by God
God was true to the dream given to Pharaoh
7 years of plenty came but then came 7 years of famine
And Pharaoh sent evryone to Joseph
And Joseph portioned so that all could eat through the famine
THe text said all the world
Not just Egyptians, but all who needed food could come to Egypt and they gave
If you read ahead, you know that this brought Josephs brothers to Egypt for food
They did not recognize Joseph and so he put them through a series of tests
He tests them to see if the youngest brother Benjamin was still alive
They come back with Benjamin and Joseph tests them again
He deliberately has his cup put in Benjamins sack
Before they left, he tore their sacks and there was his cup that came out of Benjamins sack
So Joseph says hes going to keep Benjamin there
And then who steps up? The oldest, Judah
The one whose idea it was to sell Joseph
He comes forward and pleads with Joseph to take him instead
That his father would literally die if Benjamin did not return
And Judah promised to bring Benjamin home
And Judah says this, Genesis 44:32-33 “For your servant became a pledge of safety for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father all my life.’ Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers.”
It is at this point in Genesis 45 that Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and shares that it is by God’s providence that he was sold
Genesis 45:7 “And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.”
If we look at the geneology of Jesus, we do not see Joseph’s name in the lineage
Rather, we find his brother Judah
This is why Judah’s account with Tamar is placed where it is - because it is through Judahs line that Jesus would one day come
And everything that Joseph endured was so that Judah and the remnant could be saved
Judah, willing to give his life to reconcile Benjamin to his Father is foreshadowing what Jesus would one day do
Except Jesus actually gave his life
He gave his life for you and for me
He gave his life so that we would be reconciled to God the Father
And we, are to put our faith and trust in him and make him the foundation of our identity
Jesus doesn’t promise us a life of ease, but he does promise us a life of fulfillment
When we have our identity founded in Jesus, It produces hard work and a life of service
Jesus came to serve, not to be served
That is exactly what we are called to in the Christian faith
Mark 10:44-45 “and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
We are to work hard and to serve
That others will be blessed by us and through us
That we do not rely on material things but know that we are working towards heavenly treasures
When we have our identity founded in Jesus, It produces a faith that perseveres when tested
Brothers and Sisters, your faith will be tested
You no longer can claim ignorance, I am telling you that one day, if it hasn’t happened already, your faith will be tested
Ephesians 6:16 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
There is a reason why faith is the shield - because when the attacks come, when the doubts come, when the victim mentality creeps in and Satan is tempting you with lies - your faith will protect you and keep wou rooted in God’s truths
There is also a reason why it says in all circumstances - Our faith should be part of every aspect of our life
Our shield must be strong and ready at all times
1 John 5:4 “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
As believers we have hope that no matter the circumstance, Jesus didn’t come to give us a physical victory or a temporary victory that gives an easy life
Rather, Jesus gives us an everlasting victory that extends past this world - past our human form
When we have our identity founded in Jesus, it brings forgiveness and a recognition of God’s blessings
Colossians 3:13 “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
When we remember that God forgives us because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we are able to forgive and to take off the burdens of hate, vengance, bitterness, and we walk in freedom in the identity of Jesus
This freedom allows us to focus on all the good that God has bestowed on us
When we have our identity founded in Jesus, it allows us to trust God’s providence
Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
When we live life trusting that God is with us, that no matter what we go through, Jesus will be faithful to us, then we can live knowing that he will work all things out
That God has a plan for you that has a greater meaning and purpose than anything you could ever think or imagine
When you trust him with that, then you can live a life that produces an abundance of peace and joy
It produces 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
That is the purpose, meaning, and identity of a believer - That we are children of the Most High God and seek to glorify him in all that we do


Connect Card - Please fill out, we want to connect with you
Not too late to sign up for Community Group and Connect Class - Please fill out Sign Up Sheet out in the foyer and Pastor John will follow up with you
We will also have a block party today March 12th @ 4pm - There will be games, snacks, prizes, and more
Canvas the Neighborhood - Creating flyers to invite others to church (Focusing on Deepwater and Dallas (between Burke and Strawberry)
Easter Sunday - April 9th - 2 services 9 and 11am, easter egg hunt after both services
New Day Reading Plan - Mon-Fri - Mark 13-Luke 1.
Please stand and recieve the benediction before we leave -
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Thank you, you are now dismissed
Related Media
Related Sermons