Awesome Hands – part 26: “They dipped the coat in the blood”

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Awesome Hands – Part 26

“They dipped the coat in the blood”

 

Previously, we learned that there are some very revealing types and shadows of the “generations of Jacob” as described in Gen 37 and what is happening to all of the body of Christ now and in our heavens.

Joseph had several dreams as a “generation of Jacob” which corresponds to what happens as we are called in the body of Christ by the Father.

For us, those who are also chosen of the Lord and separated from our brothers, dreams are not all we are given.

Not only are we given the Word of the Lord to speak, but we are also going to be put into a position to be sent to our brethren AND to THEIR FLOCKS to see “if it be well with them.”

Gen 37:12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.
Gen 37:13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
Gen 37:14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

We have covered these locations in the past studies but as a short recap lets see what we are being told spiritually.

Jacob is sending Joseph north to Shechem. We know that north is spiritually representative of judgment. Jacob is being sent to “try the spirits” in his brothers.

Also remember that Shechem is where the false gods were buried under and oak tree.

Continuing, we are going to see a very interesting lesson be told to us. Where else do we find interesting stories that start with, “and a certain man”?

Gen 37:15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Does anyone know what the field is? What are we being told?

Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Didn’t Joseph just tell his family that his sheaf stood upright but theirs bowed down? This doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me.

Gen 37:16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
Gen 37:17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
Gen 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
Gen 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Gen 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Just as Christ was sent to “his brethren” who aren’t really brethren in spirit yet, we too are sent to our brethren.

Christ was told in one example that his family “stood without” calling Him, so we too are sent among those who “stand without” so that we may find those who are “lost”, the lost sheep of the house of Israel. This will lead us to eventually pointing to our spiritual family as “our mother, sister and brother”.

Joseph’s physical brothers will “see what becomes of his dreams” even though they believed they were going to bring those dreams to naught. However, God has others plans He is working with His “awesome hands”.

Mar 3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
Mar 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
Mar 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
Mar 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Mar 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Whosoever shall do the will of God, is the brother, sister and mother of Christ.

If we believe this, then let’s see how Joseph shows us how we live this out in type and shadow and in the Spirit.

Gen 37:21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
Gen 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Gen 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
Gen 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

We start out in our youth in the wilderness being trained up to be kings and priests, but like most things, we must “pay our dues and count the cost”.

This week, Lord willing, we will continue to see how the Lord works His “awesome hands” in our lives and the lives of those He uses, to bring about the trial, sufferings and tribulations that are absolutely necessary to our spiritual growth into the sons of God.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Let us sell him to the Ishmeelites”

We start the study this week with looking into what happens immediately after Joseph’s brothers throw him in a pit.

Joseph’s brothers move from wanting to slay him in verse 18, to throwing him in a pit in verse 24, to nowwanting to actually profit from their brothers sufferings in verse 26.

Gen 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Gen 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

Gen 37:25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

In type and shadow, we see that our brothers want to slay us and all the while they are thinking they are doing God a service!

Before we think that this couldn’t possibly be, let’s look at a few examples of this happening in the new testament.

First, here is Saul who later was renamed to Paul.

Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

Saul thought he was doing God a service by persecuting Christians. However, this isn’t only limited to those who hold powerful positions in the “church” like Paul did as a Pharisee and as a Hebrew of the Hebrews.

We can see this same attitude in those who say they are Abraham’s seed and “have one Father, even God.”

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Joh 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Joh 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

The attitude we see in these examples if no different than what Joseph experiences with his brothers who think they are going to benefit from this situation.

If you take this as a type and shadow, Joseph’s brothers are really revealing that we serve the “god” that is sitting on the throne of our hearts and minds; therefore, we serve the “god” that is called “me”.

Just like Joseph, we will be persecuted by those who God has put in our lives to be those who throw us in a pit.

We should take joy in these sufferings though because it should reveal to us just how much God loves us now in this age.

I want to share a few examples of what I mean.

First we have Reuben the firstborn bring used to save Joseph from outright being slayed by his brothers. Again, here is what Reuben says to his brothers.

Gen 37:21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
Gen 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Gen 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
Gen 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Clearly we can see that God is working through Reuben to “rid Josephout of the hands of his brethren” but to the natural man, that doesn’t seem too much better because Reuben suggests just letting him starve and dehydrate to death in a pit.

However, is that all we are being told? Here is a reference to the covenant God has made to his people, the Jew who is circumcised in the HEART.

Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Instead of shedding innocent blood, Reuben instead convinces his brothers to use a pit with no water in it. So, why are we told there is no water in it? Well, we are not left to wonder about these things.

Look at these verses in Zechariah and Lord willing see how they apply to you and me and the rest of the body of Christ who are given eyes to see and ears to hear in this age.

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Zec 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
Zec 9:11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
Zec 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
Zec 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
Zec 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
Zec 9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
Zec 9:16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
Zec 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

There is just so much bounty in what we just read so I will try to just cover a little of it briefly.

Our King comes to us and as He does He is sent on top of a dumb ass and colt.

They that say they are God’s people, those that have been “called in the flesh” to be our enemies will have their chariot and bow taken away from them.

What they intend to do it “kill two witnesses” of the revelation of Jesus Christ in us.

However, God will raise up those who are as good as dead and use those prisoners of hope, who are purchased with the blood of the covenant, to rise forth out of the pit of the ABYSS of death wherein there is no water, so that we can show that the LORD IS OVER US!

In this showing of His mighty deliverance, we will drink in the new wine of this covenant so that the flock we have been sent to can be found and SAVED!

Joseph had a dream that his stalk ROSE ABOVE the stalks of his brethren. It is later that we know that He tells the Pharaoh what the warning of the Lord is all about and part of that dream is about CORN!

Gen 41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
Gen 41:6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
Gen 41:7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
Gen 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

See, we are sent to our “brethren” to interpret the dream that they are now living. This dream is the dream of what is not actually reality but only what is a shadow of what the spiritual truth is.

We are being delivered up out of this pit of death so that we can be prisoners of HOPE for those who are going to need to be saved.

We are daughters of Zion and daughters of Jerusalem above! We are sent to see how the flock is doing and as such we are ensigns upon the land that the Lord has conquered. We are SAVIORS who arise on mount Zion.

The ears of corn that are thin are blasted by the east wind. This is none less than Christ Himself, but they do not know what is going to befall them so they persecute us now thinking they gain by it.

Of course we can’t hold it against them because God has worked it all out according to His will and we must forgive our brothers their trespasses.

“They dipped the coat in the blood”

I haven’t fully been given the revelation of why it is Reuben who has been used to prevent Joseph from being outright slayed by his brethren at the start.

What I do know is that it was Reuben who slept with Bilhah and Jacob/ Israel knew about it. I suppose Reuben had this in his mind and wanted to deliver Joseph back to Jacob in part due to having already done this thing to his father, but that is just one thing that culd have been why Reuben did this.

However, what we know for sure is that Reuben was NOT one of the brothers who actually sold Joseph to the Midianite merchants because Reuben comes back to the pit and rents his clothes because Joseph is missing.

Reuben fully intended to get Joseph back to this father, but Reuben then is guilty of this treacherous act too because he goes along with lying to Jacob that Joseph is devoured by a beast.

Gen 37:29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
Gen 37:30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
Gen 37:31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
Gen 37:32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
Gen 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Gen 37:34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

The “evil beast” that Jacob thinks has devoured Joseph really is the evil beast that lurks in us all as the naturally minded carnal man.

That evil beast is a beast who does have its work completed in most of mankind in “this age”; in other words, this is when they have not yet been dragged to the Father to be a part of the true Faith of Christ.

Later, we know that Joseph’s brothers are given salvation from the famine that comes from the land.

What Joseph’s brothers are truly guilty of against their brother and their father now is that they are the ones who have “their hands” used to dip “the coat of man colors” in the blood of a beast.

This is all of the Lord’s doing and in it we can see that they are happy to oblige. They sat down to eat bread. Telling us in type and shadow that they thought they were doing a good work because we know Christ is the bread we read about.

The bread they are partaking of is one that has no conscience towards their brother and one that will be selling a strong young man as a slave.

This event is the beginning of what the Lord uses to bring the Israelites down to Egypt so that Moses will later be used to utterly destroy the nation of Egypt.

Psa 76:6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
Psa 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Psa 76:8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
Psa 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
Psa 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Psa 76:11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
Psa 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Joseph’s brothers take their report to their father that Joseph has been slain.

In truth, it was in their wrathful hearts which we caused to do these acts to their brother and they felt no remorse and all the while we know that this is a type and shadow of us, as the old man, thinking we are doing God a service with our actions.

It is the meek of the earth, just as Joseph being plucked up from the pit to be sold, that will be used to show God’s judgment to the rest of the world.

Before we get to high and mighty in our thinking, let us consider that this was us in our time and the Lord can again turn us to our own vomit just as he turns a dog.

It is interesting that they dip the coat of many colors in the blood of a kid goat. This represents that they which are not under God’s spiritual law will only be covered by the blood of goats and rams and not by the blood that truly washes us clean.

The old man is bound to the law in his members, a law which was given a law of which is for the lawless and disobedient in us all.

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Contrast that with:

Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

We are the house of Israel, the true Israel that is being established and the house of Israel is setup with a blood sacrifice. In type and shadow, Joseph is told to be dead by an evil beast and has his coat covered with blood.

The real coat covered with blood is with a blood that is much more precious.

Eze 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
Eze 39:19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
Eze 39:20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
Eze 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

“Conclusion of part 26”

In the study next week, we are going to look into chapter 38 of Genesis and see what the Lord has prepared for us to know about ourselves and our walk with Him as it concerns Judah.

For the closing of this study, I want to read a few more verses which show us a little more insight into just how valuable this whole process id to our Lord and God.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Amo 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
Amo 6:9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
Amo 6:10 And a man’s uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

God is rising up a spiritual house in you and I to do battle with the house of Israel which say they are Jews but are not. Both of these houses reside in us and the old man will not simply just give up to the new man.

We should count it all joy and know that though we start off with a coat of many colors which is dipped in the blood of a goat, we are now given a covering of Christ’s blood, His righteousness, which is worth far more and our nakedness is swallowed up in victory.

Let us be grieved for the affliction of Joseph and let us take joy that we are loved by our Father.

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