By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Pastor Georges William Ntemi stood on the podium of transfiguration at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l once again and used the story of Joseph as his foundational text to remind his congregation that our Lord is an orderly God, and it is in that orderly and functional fashion that He directs the steps of the righteous.
The blessed man of God passionately provided a symbolic exegesis through the prism of Joseph’ story. He read Genesis 45: 4, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother whom ye sold into Egypt.” Dissecting probably his favorite story in the Bible, Pastor Georges expounded that because Joseph’s brothers didn’t love him, they could not recognize him when they saw him.
“They hated him for his dream, but his dream came true. His brothers went to Egypt and bowed before him, just as he had dreamed. Joseph’s dream has both earthly and heavenly connotations. Joseph was worshiped on earth and in heaven in his dream; that’s why the moon and the sky also bowed before him. Joseph in the Old Testament is our Jesus Christ in the New Testament,” said Pastor Georges.
He regurgitated Philippians 2: 9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every name every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Furthermore, the apostle of God explained that Joseph was 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery. It would be 23 long years before they cast eyes one another again. He noted that Joseph was anointed by Pharaoh as prime minister of Egypt when he was 30. He saw his brothers again when he was 40.
“As the prime minister, Joseph was all powerful. He had the power to build and destroy. The power to create and mesmerize. He had a beautiful wife and two sons. But he was not happy because something was missing in his life,” said Pastor Georges-William.
He said that because Joseph didn’t have his father and other brothers with him, in spite of his power, success, and prosperity, he was still not happy. “Joseph’s unhappy state of mind when his family wasn’t with him says a lot about the need and importance of family. A family that stays together is rich; a family that communicates in love is rich,” observed the apostle of God.
Pastor Georges-William emphasized that Christians should know God’s purpose in their lives by being part of the solution in everything they do. “Living a selfish life, where some have their egos controlling them as a result of which they live a life of self, have missed the Lord’s purpose in their lives. If you are not yet a solution, pray to ask God to reveal his purpose for your life to you,” said the blessed man of God.
Pastor Georges-William then nailed down his sermon to the topic, saying, “King Solomon stated in Ecclesiastes that there is a time for everything. God does things in His own time. The Lord sent His angels to fill the disciples with the Holy Spirit at the appointed time. The Lord made Joseph the prime minister of Egypt 13 years after he was sold into slavery. Thirteen has a special place in numerology,” said the apostle of God.
Pastor Georges-William noted that the coming of Jesus Christ was prophesied from Genesis to Malachi, saying, “In Zechariah, the prophet proclaims, ‘And I will pour unto the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one is in bitterness for his only son.’
“Christ was pierced for our iniquities so that we would be recipients of his spirit of grace and supplications, both Jews and Gentiles.” The blessed man of God asserted that to remove any form of opposition, Jews were blinded in Romans 11:25 so that others might get in. “The Jews were blinded so that Gentiles would gain access to the king of glory.
“Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognize him, so he had to expose himself to them to show them that he was circumcised, according to Jewish custom based on the covenant God established with Abraham. Will you recognize the scars of Jesus on His return?”
He asked the congregation to confess the name of Christ as their Lord and savior if they have not done so yet because “it is the only way we can get to Heaven. Some harbor evil thoughts about others; they only think about pay-back, revenge.”
“As for me,” Pastor Georges-William said, “I only think of blessings, goodness, hope, love, joy, faithfulness, and kindness because I know my Lord is coming back for me. Christ knows you; He knows the depth of your heart; He is waiting to bless you. If you don’t believe His grace is upon you, it can kill you. But if you do, you would prosper in wisdom, knowledge, health, and peace of mind.”
He noted that whatever dream one is entertaining, it must be in line with God’s word for it to come into fruition. “Bad dreams are not the will of God. If your dream is all about selfishness, it wouldn’t materialize. If it’s about ministering to the lives of others, it will surely come to pass.”
Again, the apostle of God called on members of the Church to desist from gossiping, lying, and rumor-mongering because they don’t belong to God’s kingdom.
He reminded the congregation of the Apocalypse and the coming of Christ to rule for a Millennial, a 1,000 years; hence, they must be ready for Him. In reference to Rev. 19: 11-16, he said, “Be ready for the Savior is coming back. He is our strength, our fortress, our rampart, our Lord. He is all we need,” concluded the apostle of God in emphatic fashion.