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The depth of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrine

(2 Pet 2:6-9) And [God] turning the cities of Sodom [archetypical model of false doctrines] and Gomorrha [archetypical model of false works] into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered [Gk: draw (for oneself, rescued] just Lot [Gk: innocent, holy: righteous], vexed [Gk: to labour down, wear with toil, fig. harassed: oppressed: pained] with the filthy conversation [Gk: behaviour] of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations [Gk: testing], and to reserve the unjust [Gk: heathen: unrighteous] unto the day of judgment to be punished:

  1. Sodom = Heb: to scorch; burnt (that is, volcanic or bituminous) district, a place near the Dead Sea.

  2. (1 Tim 4:1,2) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly [Gk: out spokenly, distinctly], that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy [Gk: acting under a feigned part, acting deceitfully] [actors]; having their conscience [Gk: moral consciousness, understanding] seared with a hot iron [Gk: branded (“cauterized”), rendered unsensitive /// set on fire, consumed: burned];

  3. Gomorrha = Heb: a (ruined) heap /// to gather grain: bind sheaves, make merchandise of. [e.g., selling Joseph to the Ishmaelites/Midianites (Gen 37:18-28) & (“a new king” Obama: Exo 1:6-22)]

(Gen 37:1-4) And Jacob [Heb: supplanter (trickster)] dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger [“and sojourner” Amplif.], in the land of Canaan [Heb: humiliated, a son of Ham: merchant, traffick (Dict: the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade)]. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph [an apparently perfect type and shadow of Jesus Christ], being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report [a report that their actions were evil]. Now Israel [Heb: he will rule as God] loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he [Israel] made him [Joseph] a coat of many colours [prophesying the tabernacle]. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

  1. Joseph = Heb: (let him add, adding) received a “coat of many colours” from his father, which points to the four colors of the robes that Jesus wore in the New Testament (blue: Exo 28:31,32 & John 19:23; purple: John 19:2; scarlet: Mat 27:28; white “fine twined linen” Mark 9:3), and also points to the four same colors appearing in the tabernacle (Heb: a residence) in the form of five strips or bands of color in the fabric of the tent ceiling of the tabernacle of Moses which, in its perfected state, is named “the Tabernacle of God” (Rev 21:3). Joseph is perhaps the only perfect type and shadow of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Please note that Joseph “wore” the tabernacle as a covering garment, as did Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and as shall we in our Heavenly estate.

  2. (Gen 35:24) The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: [Rachel only had two sons]

  3. Commentary: Benjamin (Heb: son of the right hand) is the twelth and last son (the last tribe). The previous eleven sons (including Joseph) had Jacob as their father. However, only Joseph (11th son) and Benjamin (12th son) were born of Rachel (Heb: a ewe: a sheep), and although Jacob fathered Joseph (11th son) with Rachael, most significantly it was the converted Jacob now named Israel that fathered Benjamin (12th son) with Rachael. Benjamin is the only full brother to Joseph, and Benjamin is not found nor mentioned in this present narrative. Whereas Joseph is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ, Benjamin is a type and shadow of all saved, born-again, and/or imputed for righteousness persons.

(Gen 37:5-8) And Joseph dreamed a dream [a prophecy from God], and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance [Heb: homage: bow self down, do reverence] to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams [prophecies], and for his words.

  1. sheaf = Dict: one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc. are bound after reaping.

(Gen 37:9-11) And he dreamed yet another dream [another prophecy from God], and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him [Heb: reproved], and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed [Heb: took heed, looked narrowly, regarded] the saying.

(Gen 37:12-14) And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he [Joseph] said to him [Isreal], Here am I. And he [Israel] 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 [Joseph] out of the vale of Hebron [Heb: seat of association], and he came to Shechem [Heb: the neck (as between the shoulders) as the place of burdens].

(Gen 37:15-17) And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren [phraseology adopted by the Masonic Lodge]: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan [about twenty miles north of Shechem]. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

(Gen 37:18-22) And when they saw him [Joseph] afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit [Heb: cistern, well], and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him [the Antichrist, a reverse prophecy]: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. And Reuben [the first-born son] heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit [an allusion to the pit of Hell] 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 37:23-28) 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; And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it [i.e., no Holy Spirit, an affirmation of the pit of Hell. Their intent was that he die of thirst for lack of water – as do all unsaved men]. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company [Heb: caravan] of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit [a merchant’s thought] is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites [a term used interchangeably with Midianites (Judg 8:22,24), and here in verse 28], and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. (Gen 37:28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph [the “sheaf” v.7 of Joseph] out of the pit [of Hell], and sold Joseph [“make merchandise of”] to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver [the average price of a slave]: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

  1. (John 3:14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

  2. Commentary: But what happened to Joseph in Egypt? Father God uses “bad” for “good” only for His children,

    1. (Rom 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.