It was the secret handed down the generations, which Joseph’s father taught him that he was going to use. It has been serving him well since childhood and he knew it won’t fail him now. Within seconds, his mind replayed a childhood scene that has played in his heart for a thousand times since his brothers took off his coat of many colours and sold him into slavery.
He had just relayed his first dream to Jacob when he learned the truth that controls life, which his father, Jacob, called the evidence.
Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the middle of the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose up and stood upright and your sheaves surrounded my sheaf and bowed down to it!”
Then his brothers asked him, “Do you really think you will rule over us or have dominion over us?” They hated him even more because of his dream and because of what he said. [Genesis 37:5-8 New English Translation]
After he had this dream and relayed it to his father, his father looked up to heaven and muttered words of gratitude to God for manifesting Himself to his family, especially to the son of his beloved but deceased wife, Rachel.
“God loves you, Joseph, and He has shown you what will happen in the future. I had a similar experience. I was running away from my angry brother and one night, when I slept, using a stone for my pillow, I saw a ladder stretching from the earth to heaven, and angels…” Jacob went on to relay his dream and how God had fulfilled it.
“This dream of yours, you must watch over it as a shepherd watches over his sheep. What do you know about your sheep?” He asked Joseph. Jacob had given each of his children a ram (male sheep) and a ewe (female sheep) and taught them how to look after them until the two became a huge flock.
“A ewe reaches puberty when they’re about five months old. In the case of rams, it happens earlier, between three and six months. The ewe’s gestation period lasts approximately five months. The lambing then takes place and a lamb is born.”
“As a shepherd, why do you believe this would happen?”
Joseph thought hard with his naive mind and said, “Because God made them like that so they must go through the process. When God created them, He blessed them and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. And you told me that grandpa Isaac taught you that great grandpa Abraham believed God’s word and it was counted as righteousness for him”.
Jacob smiled and replied, “Good. Your knowledge of that fact is called your evidence. Although you haven’t seen it happen, you believe that the process must happen. Because you have the evidence, you look after the sheep to produce the best lamb. In the same way, you must treat important things such as your dream. Your dream is like the sheep, it would mature and then ‘lamb’. Do you understand?” Jacob said, expecting a response as he paused.
Joseph nodded while intently looking into the eyes of his father, soaking up every word he was hearing.
“What you believe about the dream is your evidence. God is happy when you hold on to the evidence.” Jacob would often teach his children when they come to him to ask about the interpretation of their dreams, but Joseph’s dream was different from his siblings.
“This is Joseph!” The butler whom Joseph had interpreted his dream announced before Pharaoh as he introduced him to the king. Joseph snapped out of his thoughts and bowed to courtesy Pharaoh to greet him as the butler had bid him.
The moment Joseph heard Pharaoh say he had a dream and started sharing the dream, immediately, Joseph remembered the times he would have dreams and tell Jacob and one common thing his father would often repeat to him in different stories was the word, “evidence”.
“And I saw in my dream, … seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good … seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them … And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me. And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do ….” [Genesis 41:22-31]
Joseph spoke up boldly, interpreting the dream with the mindset that Pharaoh’s dream was proof of what God would soon do.
Then a negative thought hit him like a dart, “You are standing before the king of the world’s superpower. What if no famine happened?”
Joseph bit his lips and his blood boiled, his heart pumped twice what it used to pump. Then a flashing light, he remembered the story of how his grandad was born. Jacob, his dad had told him the story of how his great-grandpa gave birth to Isaac at the age of a hundred and his great-grandma was ninety. It had never happened before, it was a first. “This too shall be a first, don’t worry”, a voice whispered in his heart. A wave of peace came upon him, his racing heart slowed down, and before he could continue, he heard another negative word.
It was the Devil, throwing darts of doubt again, “You would be found out to be just a dreamer very soon. You are a scam! Remember that chief baker? His head was chopped off and yours would soon be gone as well if you don’t stop all these nonsense”.
All sorts of things were going through his mind. He decided to act like his great-granddad, Abraham, he was going to use his strategy to fight a good fight of faith. He had learned that Papa Abraham drove away the birds of the air that wanted to steal his sacrifice, he must do the same now with the thoughts that want to steal his faith.
Joseph ignored the negative voice and continued, his face was firm and strong, he knew God was with him and the only thing he could do was continue to speak out the images he was seeing in his heart.
“And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.” [Gen 41:32 – 36]
As soon as he left Pharaoh’s presence and was shown around his new palatial home, Satan continued, “One day you will lose it all because you don’t deserve this, you belong to the prison”.
Joseph had interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams to him and was subsequently elected to the office of the most senior manager of the country, the Prime Minister of Egypt. One must never miss the fact that the devil neither stopped nor stood still in not trying to cast doubts in Joseph’s mind in the midst of the change that had started in his life. In fact, from the moment he first appeared before Pharaoh, the war began, in his mind.
Joseph smiled and stood his ground. He had started executing the secret strategy he learned from his father. He knew what he must do, “the sheep must lamb”. He must hold on to his “evidence”. His father had taught him that “when you hold the evidence, God can do anything for you”. He must do this without shaking. It is the only way to please God. It is faith.
What Can We Learn From Joseph and the Evidence?
But what is faith? “… faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (KJV). It is a substance. It forms things.
Faith is a result of hope. It is evidence.
These days, you have people making spurious claims they can’t back up with any evidence. One of those is transsexuality. A man decides to remove the biological object that makes him a man and gets a plastic surgeon to change that part of his body into another. Then he claims to be a woman. Really? I need one or two proofs, the evidence, that the man has become a woman. First, he must start having a monthly period. Or, he must be able to have a baby. The absence of either of these means there is a claim with no evidence. But, faith is the evidence of invisible things.
You must know that it is the component of invisible things. By component, it means the building blocks; that is, the materials that make up the things. But these materials need to be assembled. It is the speech, the words we speak, which gets it formed. The speech is like the judgement in a court case. It seals a change of state.
The change of status in matter (a substance that has mass and takes up space by volume) is the transformation from one state to another. Ice melts into water and then into steam. Change has taken place. A free man becomes a prisoner because the judge ruled. Change has taken place.
Then I hear God say, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Me.” The change in state is the expectation of God, and He expects you to be of the same mind (the mind of Christ), thinking of the outcome of what is being created while waiting.
Not expecting a change in state is like disassembling what is being created or should be created. This is why double-mindedness is a dangerous laboratory – unstable. No wonder, He said, “Ye are gods”. As children of God, you must think and talk like Him. He that is born of the flesh is flesh and he that born of the Spirit is spirit. You are born of God (1 John 5:1).
Joseph knew one man, Enoch, who walked with God and was able to use the same strategy he was using to create/frame/shape the course of history. It was like taking clay and using it to make pottery. It is just the same way God created the world itself.
But, how did Joseph extract evidence for the prophecy he gave? His father had taught him this secret that was passed down to him by his own dad, Isaac. It was that any time he dreamed and was confused, he must examine the dream with the word of God. When Pharaoh shared his dream, Joseph began to examine it with all that he had learned from his father. He remembered how Enoch named his son Methuselah. Enoch used his son as an object of prophecy that would affect the whole world. His name, Methuselah מות (mut), means “When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent”. Enoch spoke forth what had never happened before.
Joseph let his prophecy come from prophesying. The evidence was his authority. His prophecy poured comfort and hope into the heart of Pharaoh and all his emissaries. But, he was actually prophesying by declaring what shall soon be.
It was not magic or some divination that Joseph was practising. Even Enoch was not attempting divination. It was God who taught Adam in the Garden of Eden. “The LORD God had formed all the wild animals and all the birds out of the ground. Then he brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called each creature became its name.” [Genesis 2:19 God’s Word Version]
Jesus did the same thing throughout His life on earth. When His disciples asked Him his secret, “And Jesus, answering, said to them, Have God’s faith.” That is the way God lives. He uses faith to make things happen. As God’s child, that is the only way you can live. You must constantly walk with the evidence of your desire.
By the evidence of the knowledge, “Joseph collected all the excess food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and stored it in the cities. In every city, he put the food gathered from the fields around it.” [Genesis 41:48 New English Translation]
What Is The Implication To You?
When you are confronted by challenging situations, do what Joseph did, just present your evidence in the face of the challenge. That was what God taught Adam. He also taught Abraham. Paul explained this again in Romans 4:17, “as Scripture says: “I have made you a father of many nations.” Abraham believed when he stood in the presence of the God who gives life to dead people and calls into existence things that don’t even exist.” [God’s Word]
The Berean Study Bible says it like this, “As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.”
Beloved saint, hold on to your evidence and call into existence those things that don’t even exist. Call healing to incurable diseases. Jesus did. Call blessings upon a barren business. Isaac did. “Isaac planted crops in that land. In that same year he harvested a hundred times as much as he had planted because the LORD had blessed him.” [Genesis 26:12 GW version]
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, He who puts his faith in me will do the very works which I do, and he will do greater things than these, because I am going to my Father.” [John 14:12 BBE version]
Wow. It’s like you were in my prayer time. So glad I found your blog. Thank you for your obedience. Blessings