The first words of Genesis 41 are… “After two whole years, Pharaoh [had a dream].” How many years passed between chapters 40 and 41?? Yep. Two whole years. Not just two years, but two whole years, Joseph had been sitting in prison waiting. waiting. waiting. After no one in the land could interpret Pharaoh’s dream, the chief cupbearer remembered Joseph from prison and how he had interpreted his dream. And just like that, Joseph is standing (freshly bathed and shaved with new clothes) before Pharaoh!
Joseph predicts there will be 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine. He then lays out a plan to prepare the land of Egypt for the famine. Pharaoh is so impressed… he makes Joseph his 2nd in command!! Only God could bring someone from the depths of the pit and exalt him to the leader of the land!
Who else was his father’s favorite son, rejected by his brothers, betrayed for pieces of silver, was unjustly accused, rescued from the pit and exalted to sit at the right hand of the King?? Jesus. Joseph points to Jesus.
Another parallel between Joseph and Jesus is that they are both rulers of a Kingdom. In Matthew 13, we see Jesus teaching about His Kingdom.
The Kingdom is a place with a ruler, a law and a people.
- The place is here – but ultimately, the place will be the new earth.
- We see the law personified as Jesus lives on the earth – He shows us compassion, humility, righteous anger, grace, forgiveness. Jesus also teaches the law of His Kingdom, i.e. the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
- God is gathering a people for His Kingdom. These are the people who understand and live to obey his teaching (or law).
Jesus explains in Matthew 13 that only the people of His Kingdom can understand his teaching (vs. 13-17). He teaches that His people will live side by side (on this earth, in this place) with those outside the Kingdom until the last day – when the angels separate the good from the righteous (vs. 24-30; 47-50).
He teaches that His Kingdom will begin small, and seem insignificant, but will grow to take over the whole place (vs. 31-33).
He also teaches the value of the Kingdom – it is like treasure – and worth great sacrifice (vs. 44-46).
What Kingdom to you belong to? Who is your ruler? What law do you live under? Are you part of God’s people? Jesus teaches that admission into His Kingdom requires perfection. And if you can’t meet the standard, then you must pay a price. That price is death. But. Jesus paid the price for you – which makes your admission to His Kingdom – not free – but paid in full.
Are you willing to go into His place, to live under His law and to be a part of His people? And if you are a part of His Kingdom… do you realize the treasure you have been given??