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Heart Attitude of Faithfulness From Life of Joseph

How many are enjoying the Plumbline Series?
Last week Rabbi Freeman did a great job on teaching us about the heart attitude of shalom and letting the shalom of G-d reign in our hearts and being lead by His shalom.
This whole series has been amazing....Rabbi Freeman started us out with Gratefulness, then I shared on Merciful, John talked about Joyful, last week was Shalom-ful and this week is Faithful.
Our Torah portion this week is Vayigash
Vayigash = And He Drew Near
Vayigash - by gosh - Rabbi Freeman
Osh Kosh Wisconsin - Rabbi Aaronson
Two of the greatest influences in my life.
Rabbi Aaronson testimony of $300 gift.
Both of these men are examples of faithfulness.
They have walked the walk and talked the talk for nearly half a century.
Their lives are an example of faithfulness.
I get nervous of young leaders who have very little track record of faithfulness.
It is not how well you start the race it is how well you finish the race.
Hebrews 13:7 TLV
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
I would also say....imitate their faithfulness
Consider the outcome of their lives. Do they have a history of walking in righteousness and faithfulness.
Be aware of shooting stars that light up the night and dazzle for a short while but have no longevity…they have no history of faithfulness.
When I think of faithfulness. I think of Donald Sexton. He is the first on here every morning and usually the last one to leave.
Insert picture of Donald
Joseph’s life is a picture of faithfulness.
No matter what situation he is in he is found faithful.
He brought back a bad report on his brothers
He was faithful in the house of Potiphar.
He was faithful in the prison and he was faithful in the palace.
Luke 16:10 TLV
“One who is faithful in the smallest matters is also faithful in much, and the one unjust in the smallest matters will likewise be unjust in much.
Example of our time as Oneg Ministry leaders
Example of our time as Shabbat School teachers
Example of some of the student that I taught in Shabbat School
How do I become a leader at CBM ..... start serving like a leader....then we make you a leader.
I get nervous of people that want position or title but they don’t want to serve.
Why do we have our new members start by serving? Because Yeshua taught us to serve.
Joseph was faithful in all he did. Because he was faithful in the little things God could put him in charge of an entire nation.
Then goes from the pit to the palace in one day.
Overnight success is generally the result of years hard work and faithfulness.
It is also worth noting that he had to shave and change his clothes before he went to Pharoah. The Torah portion we read a few weeks ago said that Joseph was handsome in form and handsome in appearance. But by the time G-d gets done with him he is dis-shelved and needs to change of clothes. His good looks don’t bring him promotion, they only got him in trouble. Promotion comes from the L-rd. Remember that what is highly esteemed by men is despised by the L-rd. If you are trusting your good looks, or your beautiful smile, or your charismatic personality for promotion, you can be sure that you will have to keep up your appearances to keep your promotion, but if G-d promotes you, He will protect and keep you and it will have nothing to do with your good looks.
Beth Messiah came about not because of the brilliance of the Freemans or Bryans or the Aaronsons it is the results the Word of the Lord and years of hard work and faithfulness.
How Joseph could stay faithful in spite of all the difficult times he went through?
If there is anyone that has a right to be angry at G-d and give up it seems like it would be Joseph.
He gets thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, slave in the house of Potiphar, being very faithful, when he is falsely accused of sexual sin, thrown in prison for doing the right thing, faithful in the prison, interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s officials, and still forgotten. G-d begins to use him supernaturally, but it is still another two years before he is delivered from prison.
How did Joseph stay faithful?
Joseph had confidence in the One who had called him and in His purpose for life.
Genesis 45:4–8 TLV
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near me.” So they came near. “I’m Joseph, your brother—the one you sold to Egypt,” he said. “So now, don’t be grieved and don’t be angry in your own eyes that you sold me here—since it was for preserving life that God sent me here before you. For there has been two years of famine in the land, and there will be five more years yet with no plowing or harvesting. But God sent me ahead of you to ensure a remnant in the land and to keep you alive for a great escape. So now, it wasn’t you, you didn’t send me here, but God! And He made me as a father to Pharaoh, lord over his whole house and ruler over the entire land of Egypt.
Genesis 45:4 TLV
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near me.” So they came near. “I’m Joseph, your brother—the one you sold to Egypt,” he said.
Genesis 45:5 TLV
“So now, don’t be grieved and don’t be angry in your own eyes that you sold me here—since it was for preserving life that God sent me here before you.
Genesis 45:6 TLV
For there has been two years of famine in the land, and there will be five more years yet with no plowing or harvesting.
Genesis 45:7 TLV
But God sent me ahead of you to ensure a remnant in the land and to keep you alive for a great escape.
Genesis 45:8 TLV
So now, it wasn’t you, you didn’t send me here, but God! And He made me as a father to Pharaoh, lord over his whole house and ruler over the entire land of Egypt.
Joseph had a word from G-d about the purpose of his life, but that word was tested.
He had the dreams as a child…but he was 30 years old before his vision started to come to pass.
Between the time he was 17 and 30, his faithfulness was tested.
For 13 years things got worse instead of better for Joseph.
It is easy to be faithful when everything is going well, but when life gets difficult, or our expectations aren’t met that is when it is difficult to remain faithful.
Most of us start well, we want to remain faithful, we want to follow the call of G-d, but then difficult times come and our faithfulness is tested.
We see this in the life of Joseph. He had a word from G-d but that word was tested.
Psalm 105:16–19 TLV
He called down a famine on the land. He broke the whole supply of bread. He sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave. They hurt His feet with shackles, he was put in irons— till the time that his word came true— the word of Adonai proved him true!
The word of Adonai tested him.

remove impurities in metal to make the precious metal pure

refine (lit.) or fig.):—cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.

Adonai does this in the lives of all true Believers
1 Peter 1:5–7 TLV
By trusting, you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials. These trials are so that the true metal of your faith (far more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire) may come to light in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Messiah Yeshua.
When we are going through a trial or a test it is important to remember that G-d is working in us even through the trial.
James 1:2–4 TLV
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Too often when we face trials or adversity we give up and throw away our confidence and our faithfulness and we short circuit the work of G-d in our lives.
We need to keep our confidence in Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 TLV
Now may the God of shalom Himself make you completely holy; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept complete, blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Faithful is the One who calls you—and He will make it happen!
Because Adonai is faithful to Israel you can be confident that He will be faithful to you.
G-d did not divorce Israel
Romans 11:25–27 TLV
For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be ignorant of this mystery—lest you be wise in your own eyes—that a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer shall come out of Zion. He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
As the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, Yeshua will begin to reveal Himself to His people Israel.
We see an example of this in this week’s portion when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers.
Joseph’s brothers did not recognize him because he looked and talked like an Egyptian.
It was not until he revealed his Jewishness that his brothers recognized him.
He showed them his circumcision
Genesis 45:1 TLV
Now Joseph could no longer restrain himself in front of all those who were standing by him, so he cried out, “Get everyone away from me!” So no one stood with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Yada = To know - Genesis 4:1 where Adam knew Eve.
In the same way, Yeshua has been dressed in Gentile garments for the last two thousand years, and it will not be until He reveals His Jewishness that His brothers will recognize him.
Zechariah 12:10 TLV
“Then I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication, when they will look toward Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son and grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for a firstborn.
Our purpose here at CBM is to reveal Yeshua the Jewish Messiah to the Jewish people.
We need to remain faithful, personally and corporately.
Our individual purpose is to be conformed to the image of Messiah.
Romans 8:28–29 TLV
Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Faithfulness is continuing to do the next right thing over a long period of time.
Frequently people lack faithfulness to Yeshua and miss His purpose for their lives because they are too busy pursuing their own happiness, comfort, pleasure, or power.
My prayer for each of us is that we will not pursue our own happiness, comfort, pleasure, or power, but that like Joseph we will be faithful to Adonai and pursue His purpose for our lives.
Have you ever wondered how Joseph could stay faithful in spite of all the difficult times he went through?
If there is anyone that has a right to be angry at G-d and give up it seems like it would be Joseph.
He gets thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, slave in the house of Potiphar, being very faithful, when he is falsely accused of sexual sin, thrown in prison for doing the right thing, faithful in the prison, interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s officials, and still forgotten. G-d begins to use him supernaturally, but it is still another two years before he is delivered from prison.
How does Joseph stay faithful?
There is something different about the Joseph. He has a clear sense of the destiny of G-d on his life.
As a child Joseph had a dream that the 11 sheaves of grain of his brothers bowed down to his sheaf of grain and then a second dream of the sun and moon and eleven stars bowing down to him.
Those dreams certainly irritated his brothers and did not win him any favor. Even his father got upset with him.
Some people teach that from Joseph’s dreams we learn that we need to be careful about who we share the vision that the LORD has given us with.
But the Scriptures indicate that G-d had a plan for Joseph’s life and nothing and no one could derail that plan except Joseph.
We see this in his response to his brothers in chapter 50. Joseph says: “Yes, you yourselves planned evil against me. God planned it for good, in order to bring about what it is this day—to preserve the lives of many people.”
Joseph had a word from G-d.
But Joseph’s faithfulness to that Word was tested.
He had the dreams as a child…but he was 30 years old before his vision started to come to pass.
Between the time he was 17 and 30, his faithfulness was tested.
For 13 years things got worse instead of better for Joseph.
Then goes from the pit to the palace in one day!
Overnight success is generally the result of years hard work and faithfulness.
It is also worth noting that he had to shave and change his clothes before he went to Pharoah. The Torah portion we read a few weeks ago said that Joseph was handsome in form and handsome in appearance. But by the time G-d gets done with him he is dis-shelved and needs to change of clothes. His good looks don’t bring him promotion, they only got him in trouble. Promotion comes from the L-rd. Remember that what is highly esteemed by men is despised by the L-rd. If you are trusting your good looks, or your beautiful smile, or your charismatic personality for promotion, you can be sure that you will have to keep up your appearances to keep your promotion, but if G-d promotes you, He will protect and keep you and it will have nothing to do with your good looks.
Example of Kelly before YWAM - disappointment led to unfaithfulness.
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