Joseph, a carrier of contagious blessing
Joseph is a fruitful bow, a fruitful bow by a well; His branches run over the wall… By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and crown him who was separate from his brothers.
Look at the blessings upon one man. Blessing of heaven above, blessing of the deep that lies beneath – things that you have not even discovered, those are oil wells and mineral resources that no one can access yet. Blessings of the breast and of the womb; was he sucking breast in his old age? No. Finished products already processed that can benefit even sucklings and are protected like a fetus is protected with the amniotic fluid inside the womb. They are protected. Flies can’t reach them. The enemy can’t take them away. Blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors. All of these together are coming upon Joseph. That is why he could stand and say (to his brothers), ‘bring all your family, I will sustain you and nurture you and sustain you here (in Egypt).
How do you become a carrier of contagious blessing?
Out of Abraham God raised a people called Israel and as they approached the Promised Land, He led Moses to tutor them on how to have widespread blessings among themselves. You’ve heard the definition of contagion and contagious. Now connected to blessing, it means if you carry such a blessing that is contagious, you are not only blessed, but through you others will be blessed. People will be thanking God for you.
Matthew 12:33: Either make the tree good and its fruit good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, a tree is known by its fruit.
Remember the blind man that Jesus healed? When He first touched his eyes what did he say, he said ‘I see men as trees…’ Also, in Psalm 1, “he is like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” So Jesus is talking about humans.
Matthew 34-35: Brood of vipers! How can you being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasures of his house, brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasures of his heart, bring forth evil things.
The first step is Repentance
There are two types of trees, the good tree, Psalm 1:1-3; blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly nor sit in the seat of the scornful… he shall be like a tree, planted by the stream of water… and whatever he does shall prosper… And the bad tree, Psalm 1:4-5; the ungodly are not so. They are like chaff, which the wind drives away.
So how do you then make the tree good or bad, you change the heart. It’s called repentance. It’s called turning away from your wicked ways, leaving the path that is cursed and plugging yourself into that which is blessed. That is how to make a tree good or make a tree bad. And it all depends on you.