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June 21, 2024 6:00 am

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Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast today. Our first broadcast of the show is called, The Playing Time in the Old Testament.

A lot about his life, good and bad. By the way, there's a lot of good and bad about our life. Usually we can put on a pretty good show for folks at church, but if people knew all the ins and outs of our life, it might be a bit embarrassing. And yet God's chosen certain individuals to tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly, if you will, to show that God's grace is sufficient and His mercy is everlasting.

But as Jacob got up to the stage, he said, We've had a lot of playing time. We know that Jacob had his sons, and we know really the most about Joseph, who is a picture of Christ in the Word of God, and Joseph's younger brother Benjamin. But then, of course, he had his older brothers that we don't know quite as well.

Some of them we do. And there were obviously these Jacob's sons became kind of what we know as the 12 tribes of Israel and different things. You know all that. But in chapter 49, Jacob is on his deathbed. And Jacob calls his sons in, and he begins to talk about their lives a little bit. I guess you would say, kind of gives his last words of advice, but he kind of gives his last blessing, his last warning. And there are things that are interesting that Jacob shares. There are some things in this chapter that he shares with some of his sons that they had no idea that their dad even knew about. There are some things we've done in our life.

God sees everything. I don't know about you. I'm glad I am forgiven and covered by the blood of Christ.

Thank God for that. But if you'll notice in verse 22, he begins on Joseph. And Joseph obviously we know wasn't treated that well by his other brothers. And as he makes his way down from the oldest to the last in verse 22, Jacob says this, This means a young tree that is bearing fruit, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.

The archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him and hated him. But his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob. That's really good, isn't it? Then he gives this phrase, From thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel. Lord, I love you. And Lord, as we discussed today, the subject of learning to be triumphant when we feel that we're the target. Lord, you've given great example in the life of Joseph.

Lord, I can't wait to see you face to face one day. And I have always enjoyed the thought of getting to meet Joseph. Many of our Bible heroes that you have chosen to use in your inspired word. And Lord, through everything this young man went through, you honored him because he honored you. Pray that we would look at this closely how we can apply this to our lives. In Jesus name we pray.

Amen. We can just kind of block out the verse before and after. Let's just look at verse 23 just for a minute. Verse 23 is not a very positive, uplifting verse. The archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him and hated him. It's not a very uplifting verse, but may I say that this sometimes can describe seasons of our lives.

Let me put it this way. We all have arrows coming at us. I don't know if you heard that. We all have arrows coming at us. We all get shot sometimes. Joseph had some rough experiences in life. Look at verse 23. It's amazing the word that God uses here.

The archers have sorely grieved him. Now I cannot find a time in Joseph's life, at least biblically, where we see that Joseph was in a position where he was in a battle and he took on arrows from an enemy. This is not what God's talking about here. Now Joseph faced many battles in his life. But God is not necessarily speaking here of physical arrows that were coming at him like in a battle or in a war. Although there were some things like that that Joseph faced. But we don't find reference to that anywhere literally in the book of Genesis that would lead us to believe that this is what God is speaking of.

Through Jacob God is literally describing in Joseph's life spiritual warfare. And God here says that the individuals that came at Joseph were so skilled that he called them archers. You see there are people that just shoot a bow and arrow which would be me. I thought about bringing a bow and arrow and thank you baby.

I appreciate, it's always wonderful to have an encouraging wife. I am good with a bow. I think. I bow tie. But I was like I'm not an expert. I couldn't. I have been in services where evangelists set up targets in the back right above a person's head and get back here and they sit right there and they kind of think I wouldn't do that. It would be horrible to find out you can't do that in the morning service.

It would not be good on a Sunday morning service. But I can shoot a bow but there are archers and these are people that are trained and know exactly what they are doing and they can hit a bullseye just about every time. And so God literally here is not describing that this is just everyday life and there are just things that came at Joseph. God was saying that there were some very skilled people that came at Joseph. Joseph faced an onslaught above the average individual. He had archers.

Shooting at him. He had a lot of enemies. What's interesting is you won't find in God's word hardly any reference where Joseph ever did anything wrong to somebody. Now he wasn't a perfect individual but he had archers coming in. Second I want you to see Joseph's arrows.

I want you to try some things that have been coming at you or have come at you at seasons of your life. Notice verse 23 says the archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him. Two different things. They've grieved him. They've shot at him.

Notice this third thing. They have hated him. So Joseph literally dealt with in life the fact of people grieving him. The fact of people that were literally shooting at him.

Trying to cause harm. And the fact that he had to deal with people that hated him. Now dear friend even if you have done anything to cause it it's not fun to know there are people that hate you. It's a hard thing to bear.

And Joseph took all this. Let me discuss if I can if you can picture if you're the target in life and sometimes if you're like me sometimes you kind of feel like you're the target. You almost feel like in life you're either an arrow or you're a target and preacher I feel like I'm the target. Maybe your life looks a little bit like that or feels a little bit like that target over there.

You've taken some hits along the way. Let me if I can just describe a few of the arrows that Joseph took on in his life. First there were arrows from family. Arrows from family.

And by the way these hurt. He had a very dysfunctional we could call it relationship with his brothers. His brothers were very spiteful towards Joseph. They mocked him. They stripped him. They threatened him. They sold him. They thought that he had literally died. They thought that they were rid of him. They were jealous of him. And this is just his family.

Imagine when you go into the real world. I mean don't you think if there's anywhere you ought to feel protected from harm it would be family. Am I the only one who believes that today? They sitting here have taken some arrows from family. Joseph dealt with that.

They sometimes feel like they go deeper than any other arrow because of the source. Second thing I noticed is that Joseph took arrows from accusation. Joseph had found his way to work in Potiphar's house who was obviously in leadership there in Egypt and here he's working for Potiphar and Potiphar's wife who was obviously as we can tell from Scripture a very, very attractive woman and Joseph is up doing some business obviously there for Potiphar and Potiphar's wife literally tries to seduce Joseph and she wants to do that and I'm sure that Joseph first he felt the personal temptation of that. But second he wanted to keep himself right and the Bible says he said no.

He got out of there. She grabbed him by the garment and he literally got out of the garment to get out of there because she was trying to snatch him and after he had literally refused her and decided to do right and had shown character and moral purity she accused him, said that he had come at her, Potiphar believed him and he ends up in jail. Now can I tell you something about arrows of false accusation? There's really not much you can do to protect yourself from that. There's really no way you can stop that. The only thing you can do for that is to be right towards God to have a clear and clean conscience and leave it up to the Lord.

I will tell you this that it's not always easy having arrows thrown at you of false accusation. Now I live I believe a very, very undeserved blessed life that I get to do what I do and I get to do it where I get to do it. This is I think the greatest church in the world. I mean if people felt the way I felt we would have to build five buildings. I just think it's the greatest place in the world. Now I should because I'm the pastor I guess but sometimes I think you know how could anybody visit here and not stay here?

How could they not want this? I'm blessed to get to be here and I really feel that way but you would you would be fooling yourself if you thought that I've never been falsely accused of some things. I get it all the time. Oh we hear Kerwin's gone liberal. And then I have people here that think goodness gracious preacher can't we do a little something then I hear from the oh they're liberal oh they're this oh they're that oh he's they're doing this now.

Oh I've heard some good ones I ought to tell you some of them. What I find out we're doing in the services. But I'm the one in the services and I don't see it. You know and I don't feel it.

But oh you wouldn't believe all that I hear. But you know what it you say oh it's just people it's just this I know but it's still arrows. Sometimes you're misunderstood sometimes you have nothing but good motives but you're going to get some arrows thrown at you and shot at you of false accusation. Some of you might sit here and you just had so much of it in your life at times it's just gotten the best of you and you've had it. I noticed the third thing that Joseph got arrows from the failures of others.

Say what do you mean? Well there was two individuals that ended up and I know you know this but I'm just covering this briefly there's two individuals that ended up in Joseph's life. Joseph ended up in jail for something he didn't do. And he meets a baker and a butler. And between this baker and the butler they had both worked for Pharaoh and Pharaoh was very moody and if he got mad at somebody just threw him there in the dungeon you know.

And he ended up meeting both of these men and both of these men had dreams and Joseph was known to interpret dreams and so he kind of helps these guys out thinking if I help them out and interpret their dream and God helps me this maybe God could use this to get me out and he interprets the dreams for both of these guys and both of them forget Joseph. What's interesting is the baker got out finally and then Pharaoh killed him. If you're going to make biscuits you better learn how to make biscuits.

Give me none of this diet junk. That's probably what happened. Probably the baker made a gluten free bread or something. And Pharaoh was like let's get Paula Deen back in here goodness gracious.

I'm sorry I get lost talking about food I'm sorry. So the butler got out and he forgot Joseph for two years. I mean both these guys hey I'm going to remember you hey I'm going to mention you hey thank you I'm going to make this up to you and they all forgot him.

Well he's sitting in there for something he didn't do. Joseph had not only people fail him but he had to sit in that jail remind that he was even there because of his family and he was still there because of his friends that failed him. You're going to have some people fail you in life by the way.

Guess what you might have a preacher fail you every once in a while and it might be me. I've had time sitting down at the house and I just I can't even describe my week and I finally sit down and all of a sudden so and so again. So I had something done Tuesday I forgot it.

I've written everything down that I could possibly write down then I forget where I wrote it down and I don't read it. And just you fail people. You know what that's just part of life. We're going to take some arrows. May I say this that fourthly quickly that Joseph took some arrows from followers. You see Joseph ended up in a leadership position.

He ended up literally the one in charge of food in Egypt. And as God began to honor him when God honors you and you end up in a leadership position. And as God ended up in positions of leadership not everybody's going to like that. It's not easy being the leader. Because everybody behind you is going to find something wrong with what you're doing.

So everywhere that Joseph went somebody was mad at him. Now I know that doesn't sound encouraging but it is encouraging to me. That you know what sometimes you end up in situations it doesn't matter who you do somebody's going to be upset at you. You're going to have arrows coming from family and you're going to have arrows coming from false accusation. You're going to have arrows coming at you because people have failed you.

You're going to have arrows coming at you from people that don't like that you're in charge or don't like where position you're in. And they wanted all these things and these things can happen in life. And Jacob literally this old patriarch of God is laying there looking at his second from last son that he loved so much that he thought was dead.

And God brought back into his life. And he looks at him and he says the archers including some of these young men that were standing there with him his own brothers. The archers have shot at him. Dear friend you and I sometimes we're going to be the target. Sometimes we're going to be what the others are aiming at. It's just going to happen in life sometimes. Encouraging message.

Thank you so much for this. I feel so much better about life. Not. If you'll notice in this verse 23 he says grieved shot at and hated. Did you notice this in verse 23? Jacob looks at his son he says that the archers have grieved shot at and hated. And they realize mental physical and emotional attacks. They grieve me mental. They've shot at me physical.

They've hated me emotional. Joseph had literally taken on mental physical and emotional attacks. Arrows coming at him from people that don't like that. Arrows coming at him from left and right.

Jacob describes it. Can I give you just a couple quick things before I let you go in just a minute about arrows? Can I say this first that arrows surprise. Arrows surprise. You can't hear an arrow coming. Arrows show up when you don't expect it.

Arrows seem to come out of nowhere. They're hard to see coming. And Jacob describes all that his son went through that literally he literally had to bear this from individuals that he never thought would do this to him.

He never saw it coming. Who would think your own brothers would try to kill you? Now that I have three sons I can see the possibility.

I was an only child. I got all the food, all the presents, all the everything. What's there to argue about? Life's good.

I got three sons they're fighting all the time. Like what's going on? What's going on with life? What's going on?

What's what's wrong? My 14 year old is 14 today. Daniel my oldest this is his birthday.

And you know as your as your sons get older you begin to think as a dad as you pray for him every day. What kind of arrows are going to come at them? Arrows at them already. Arrows surprise.

There's going to be some things happen to you in life you didn't see coming you didn't expect it and it's going to happen from people sometimes circumstances whatever and you just just all of a sudden hit you. Second thing I say this arrows stick. Arrows go deep. That's what they're made to do. They're made to pierce and go deep. They're made to do as much deep as they can.

They're made to do as much damage after they enter as when they enter. Arrows are hard to get out. Do you know that often times you can hurt yourself worse by getting an arrow out as you did when the arrow went in? It's because they stick. Some of you in church I'm not trying to overdo this here but I'm saying some of you in church you're sitting here you look like a regular person to me but if the heart was seen that's what you look like. You got wounds everywhere because arrows stick.

Things that have happened to you 20-30 years ago still in your mind. That's just what arrows do. Isn't it amazing how wise Jacob was and what he was saying. Notice the third thing can I say this arrows sting they hurt. They hurt. Things in life hurt. False accusation hurts. Family doing your wrong hurts. Friends that fail you it hurts.

There's no way to get around them. You're going to face some things in life that are going to hurt you and may I say this lastly that arrows sever. You know why arrows hurt you because as they enter they begin to divide and separate organs. They separate blood vessels. You shoot a deer.

He'll keep running all day unless you pierce them in a certain area and it severs things. When you take on arrows sometimes it hurts and it stays and it begins to sever. Relationships. It can sever friendships.

It can begin to listen to me. Separate your relationship with God. I've seen people take on some arrows and guess what God separated them and God. God didn't shoot the arrow. Arrows sever.

So number three. I say alright preacher you made me feel really good. I'm going to be attacked mentally, physically and emotionally.

I'm going to take the arrows sever. Okay thank you for the good news of the gospel. Number three I want you to see Joseph's accomplishments. By the way one day God will know all that you've been through.

Don't think that all the arrows you've taken over the years that you aren't aware. Jacob laid there as his father and knew exactly what he had been through and may I tell you that your heavenly father you might not always see him and you may not always feel him but he's there and he knows what you've gone through. The first thing that Joseph's dad brings up. I love this.

Maybe I'm the only one. Look at verse 22 if you would. Joseph is a fruitful bow. First thing Jacob brings up is Joseph's fruit. Despite the fact that he's been shot at his entire life because he didn't let it affect him to the point that he was mad and bitter and angry and quit and all those things because of that God has brought fruit through his life. Can you imagine what a compliment is after all you've been through that you can literally say my life's been fruitful. You can't be fruitful have been thrown at Joseph.

I mean we have people that quit for far less. Dear friend the more arrows you take on the more you keep going for God it's going to amaze you the fruit that God will bring. Some of you have been through so many difficult things but you know what you're still here running a bus route on a Wednesday night you're still working in a junior church you're still serving God you're still teaching an I wanna class you're still coaching in upwards you're still involved you still show up at visitation you're still trying to decide people, you're still faithful in church, you're still tithing, you're still serving God, and guess what, I'm here to tell you, despite the fact that we have a lot of arrows coming at us, if you'll stick with it, God'll bring fruit. Jacob said, Joseph, he's a fruitful tree. Notice the second thing, he brings up Joseph's faith. He said he is fruitful because, notice this verse, even a fruitful bough by a what? Joseph wasn't a tree that just grew on his own. Joseph wasn't a tree that just happened to bear fruit on his own. Despite the fact that the arrows came at him, Jacob said, you're fruitful because you've always been attached to the well. Anybody else excited on a Sunday morning?

Or is it just me? Dear friend, I'm here to tell you, you get your foundation right, the fruit'll take care of itself. When you're by the well and you're getting fed, arrows can come at you left and right, but why would I move, why would I leave the well? Why would I leave the very place I need to be?

Excuse me for screaming, but I get excited about it. Jacob said, Joseph, you've been fruitful because you've always had the right foundation. You look at me, you get a tree that's not getting any nutrients, it ain't gonna take much, excuse the expression, to knock it down. It ain't gonna take much to blow it over, but you get a tree that's by the well where the roots go deep.

You can take on some arrows and keep standing. Notice the third thing he talks about, he talks about Joseph's father. I love this, look at verse 22. Joseph is a fruitful bow, even a fruitful bow by a well, or bow by a well, whose branches run over the wall. The wall, like I said, father, excuse me, that's the next one, family.

I meant to say family, but I don't think I did. Here's what he says, he says he's a fruitful tree, fruit, he's a fruitful tree by a well foundation, but he says his branches run over. He's talking about Joseph's sons. Now you've heard us talk about Joseph's sons and their names and the meanings of them and all the stuff that God did, but look at me, do you realize this, through Joseph's sons, the lineage continued where Christ would come from?

And although Joseph, look at me, get this, please don't miss this, we're almost done. Jacob said although you've had family, throw arrows at you, God's gonna use your family to do great things for you. Yeah, your family might not have done you right, but God's gonna honor you with a family that will do you right. Oh, dear friend, let's quit getting hung up on maybe what a family member did to us. Let's realize we're part of a new family. We're part of the family of God.

Better hurry, I think I'm the only one excited. Look at the fourth thing here, he brings up Joseph's faith. He said his bow abode in strength. Now, Jacob wasn't standing there with a bow, and he wasn't staying there with an arrow.

What is he talking about? He's talking about his faith. He said this, that it abode in strength, that is. It means his faith did not fail. He kept his ground, he became a conqueror. He didn't let the arrows coming at him stop him. He had faith in his God. I love how the Bible says this, that the arms of his hands were made strong. That is this, there might have been arrows coming at him, but he had some weapons that could do a lot more damage than arrows could. It was his patience, it was his wisdom, it was God's mercy. All these things, literally, while arrows were coming at him, his hands were made strong. Dear friend, you might have a lot of things come at you in life, but our weapons are not physical, they're spiritual. Our weapon is the word of God.

It's the sword of the spirit. Thank you for listening today. We hope you received a blessing from our broadcast. The Kerwin Baptist Church is located at 4520 Old Hollow Road in Kernersville, North Carolina. You may also contact us by phone at 336-993-5192, or via the web at kerwinbaptistchurch.com. Enjoy our services live and all our media on our website and church app. Thank you for listening to the Kerwin broadcast today. God bless you. We'll see you next time.
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