Joseph was planted in Egypt. He became a fruitful bough. His life reached to others and was a treasure. He glorified the Name of God. We are people who can stand the heat of drought. (Psalm 92:12-15; Genesis 49:22)

Speaker: Mat Gehret, Thomas Schaller
Sermon 12697
Date: 2024-04-07
Time: Sun 6:30 pm

P. Schaller –

Wow! Beautiful. Huh. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Wow. Great. P. Duke and John, right? John drove
down from York. Great to have you. Wow. What a great day we’ve had in the Lord today.

I want to draw your attention to a few verses. First of all, let’s have a good time and build up
each other here for a moment. Can you think of anything – look at Philemon. This isn’t the
message but this verse, Philemon. Where is it? Vs. 6. That verse is a way of life that you
communicate your faith and it effects. It’s effectual. It has an influence. Communicating
meaningfully by acknowledging every good thing which is in you.

What is in us? What is the good thing that is in us? All right. What do you have that is the good
thing that is in you that is in Christ Jesus? What is the good thing that is in you and you
acknowledging it, your faith is alive. Your faith is effective by acknowledging every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus. So, there it is. Let’s think about that.

Now, when Thomas doubted – we had a beautiful service this morning. By the way, the
Niukkanen family and the Plunkett family, they have a new born baby, right? yes, that’s
beautiful. Thank you, Lord. That’s beautiful. So, this morning, turn to Isaiah 61:3.

Keep Daniel Eaton in your prayers. Yes, we were up there in York at the hospital yesterday and they are believing.
Tracey is believing and we want to believe God for a miracle. It would be amazing if the Lord
would heal him. (Prayer).

Okay. This morning, we spoke about the planting of the Lord. The
planting. So, look at chapter 61:3. The planting of the Lord. That’s the phrase I want you to get.
Who planted you? Huh? Look at the word. Is it up there? The planting of the Lord. Who planted
you? The Lord, yeah.

When Jesus called the apostles and he called them and he said that, that he called them and
you are called except for one and you know that in John 6. So, they are called. But did they
stumble? Were they in unbelief? When Jesus was raised from the dead, did they all
automatically believe? No. Even though he told them many times that he’d be raised from the
dead, they didn’t believe. And we just had an Easter play where two disciples were not
believing it. But then he met them, because they are the planting. They are planted by God.
They are planted and they are called and the Lord does the planting.

So, he takes care of it. Turn to one other one. Jeremiah 17:5, we have the heart departing from the
Lord. You depart from the Lord. Has anyone here ever, have you ever departed from the Lord in
your heart? Answer? Yes. Yes, we have. But then what happens? Vs. 6. We called it a scrubby
plant this morning. A scrubby plant. A scrubby life. A weed. A bush that doesn’t have fruit. Just
a scrub desert plant. Not special. There are so many people that live like that. It’s just a scrubby
life cause I’m not trusting in the Lord in my heart. I live my way and so that’s the result.

But then it says but blessed is the man in vs. 7. That’s a message in itself. The blessing of God.
You know when you are blessed, you are blessed. You might live in Egypt. Maybe even a prison
like Joseph. But if you’re blessed, you’re blessed. You might be in poverty, but if you are
blessed, you are blessed. You might not be married or you may be married, but if you are
blessed, you are blessed. You might not have much, but then you are blessed. If you are
blessed, you are blessed. It’s an amazing thing to be blessed.

Now, all believers, all born-again believers are blessed with all spiritual blessing but it doesn’t
mean that they live in them. It doesn’t mean that they live in their blessing. They have
miserable lives. There are many believers and they have miserable lives. I’m a pastor. You can
ask them over there. Hey, it’s not always easy and it can be a life of fear, anxiety. A life of guilt.
So, Thomas doesn’t believe Jesus is raised from the dead. He says I’m not going to believe until I
put my hand in his side.

That’s like us. That’s us. But are we planted? Is Thomas planted by the
Lord? Is he planted by the Lord? Is he called? Yeah, but he lives eight days as an unbeliever and
then Jesus meets him. Cuz Jesus is the one that takes care of us. He is the one that plants us. So,
we have a little picture. It’s the second picture I think to put up on the screen there. No. Isn’t
that the third picture? Okay. That’s the second one. On my phone, that’s the second one. I
don’t know. Maybe it’s different up there but it’s that one! Okay.

So, what does it mean? Look at vs. 7. I know you can’t do the Scripture. Vs. 7 and then vs. 8.
Now, here’s the key. That tree – could we put that picture up again – that tree was planted. The
wind didn’t blow and the waters didn’t just fall and that tree just appeared. That tree was
planted. Your life is planted. It’s not an accident. The miserable life is an accident. But this one
is not.

The scrubby plant, it doesn’t say anybody planted that scrubby plant. It just happened. And
that’s how unfortunately some people live. They just live not trusting God but in themselves
and life happens. They don’t have the same resources. They don’t have the same care. They
don’t have God planting them. They don’t have the guidance. They don’t have the words. They
don’t have the spiritual life and the fellowship but you do. That’s our message tonight. It’s

We spoke about it this morning and I recommend the 11:00 service if you can look at it
online. I mean it was good. It ministered a lot. We had a lot of people here. This was full. The
9:00 was quite full. Seven visitors. Seven baptisms and beautiful things going on. And this is the
desire of our hearts that people would realize that okay, Peter denies the Lord.

But did the Lord plant Peter? Is he the planting of the Lord? But he denied the Lord. Yes, cuz we
trust our flesh. We trust ourselves and then we become like a scrubby plant. In the story, Peter
went out and wept and was undoubtedly very discouraged with himself and depressed. Jesus is
not done with Peter, and Jesus is not done with you and me. He has planted us. And he waters
us and he cares for us and we grow in his grace and knowledge. We increase with the increase of God. The Body of Christ increases with the increase of God. Don’t give up. We have a lot of
new people coming into our church and we know how it is when you’re new and you come in
and the things that you need to learn and understand.

It takes time and patience, but isn’t it amazing to think that your life is not just an accident that happens but it’s actually under the guidance of the one that planted you. He’s the one that you bear fruit and you show like in life
that wow, that Jesus did this. That Jesus is taking care of us. That he is loving us, forgiving us,
teaching us. We are planted by him.

You know, you can’t plant yourself. Somebody else has to plant us. And you know, you can’t,
we can’t plant another person. It’s got to be Jesus is planting that seed and making it happen
and it grows.

And look at the rest of the verse, vs. 8. This is beautiful, isn’t it? The tree planted by the waters.
Jesus is not going to plant you in the desert. He’s going to plant you by the waters. They’ll be
resources there for you and me. And then spread our roots out by the river. They’ll be life there
and freedom and belief and we are blessed people. We are blessed.

You ask Ruth who was a poor woman from Moab but she would say and in her life that God has
blessed me. You could go through the Scripture and just see how much what God’s hand will do
in the life of a person because they are planted. Our role is just to trust him. It’s simple. Just to
put our trust in him.

And then it says will not see when the heat comes. When the temperature increases in the fiery
furnace, we may not see the heat come. We may not see it. Then, her leaf shall not – no sorry.
Her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of drought. I love that. Isn’t it
beautiful. When some people are careful, we are not. When there’s a drought, it doesn’t stop
us. That’s maybe a good time. When things are tough, it’s like we go forward.

We are not careful in the year of drought because we are planted by God. And he is our trust
and our life. Neither shall cease from yielding fruit. So that’s that. That’s amazing. So, enjoy that
for a moment with your neighbor and fellowship about it for a minute if you want and just say,
you know, I don’t believe your life is an accident. You’ve been planted and God is with you. And
he’s with you and he takes care of you.

And if you are in unbelief, he will visit you and change that. If you deny the Lord, he’ll come
back at you and take care of you and forgive you. If you are weak, he’ll anoint you and
empower you. If you have weak faith, he will strengthen you. Trust in him. He will do it. He will
bring it to pass. If you have sinned, he will forgive you and again and again and give you grace
because this is the nature of God. That’s amazing. He will change us. Lead us. Okay. Amen.

P. Mat Gehret –

Hey, P. Duke. Love you too, sir. I love all you guys, too. Awesome. Oh boy.
Okay. Does anyone else tonight feel like tonight is just a very different kind of night in church so
far? Anyone? Is it just me? The Holy Spirit makes everything different. All the time.
Let’s read a verse okay. Let’s read a verse and you guys pray for me so this comes out coherent.
Makes sense to all of you. And pray for that. Genesis 49:22, I am thinking a couple of different
thoughts but a lot of this is drawing from us being planted. So, Genesis 49:22, let’s pray. (Prayer).
Okay. So, we’ll come back to that verse in a second about Joseph, but that verse is just to get
you kick started. Joseph is described as someone planted by the Lord. A bow is a vine. A vine is
connected to the main vine in John 15.

The parable in Matthew 13:44. One verse parable. Vs. 44. We are all planted in the field, okay. Let’s
think about that two different ways really quick. We’re all planted in the field. The first way is
when we are born into this world. How are we born into this world? By flesh and blood. Mom
and dad. Whatever the case may be. Hopefully, you weren’t artificially made and somehow
sitting here tonight. I doubt that would be the case.

We’re all born flesh and blood into the world and we’re planted into the world once. But
whenever we are met with the Spirit of God, whenever Christ sees us and comes to us and calls
us, we’re planted in a whole new way. It’s the same world. It’s the same field, Matthew 13:44. Same
field but a whole new planting. A whole new planting.

Joseph’s life if you read from Genesis 37 through the end of Genesis 50, how much of his life looks like a
really smooth process to you? Not much. How about Moses in the beginning of Exodus? Moses
in the beginning of Exodus, does his life, does it start out really well? Does it start out really
great? No, his mom has to send him down in a basket in the river to actually be like saved from
certain death and then he gets planted into the world in a very real way, into the kingdom of
Egypt like in that whole society, in that structure, in that hierarchy under Pharaoh. But when
does he actually get planted by God? Yeah, when he leaves.

What does it say in Hebrews 11? Let’s read it. We’ll read Hebrews 11:22-26. The only reason why we’ll
start with vs. 22 is because it mentions Joseph first. Vs. 22-27. When Moses goes out and
murders the Egyptian, he’s not yet planted, right? He’s not yet walking with God. He has a
feeling, a relation to his people. He understands them a little bit. He has an idea of what they
need. He wants to be a deliverer to them in some way, but he has to go out into the desert for
forty years to actually get planted by God.

Joseph’s life starts with like a beautiful vision. A beautiful dream when he’s very young. The
favor of his father when he’s 17 years old. The coat of many colors. And it seems like this really

great start, but immediately he goes from flaunting this vision and this idea to being thrown
into a ditch and sold into slavery.

I don’t know how I want to say it. This is all part of the planning process in our lives. This is all
part of the little steps that take place each and every day that allow us to see the goodness and
the grace of Jesus Christ that eventually draws us to him and allows us to receive everything
that he has for us, as opposed to all the things that we wanted or thought would be the best
things for ourselves.

Cause when you look at them in sight of the world, in sight of – when you look at the field
without the treasure, the field looks okay. But when you find the treasure, everything makes
sense. Everything makes sense.

Turn to Ephesians 2. Vs. 2-3, you can read these verses two different ways. You can read these verses
as a believer. As someone who has been planted by God. Or you can read these verses, you can
change the tense and you can read them in the present tense and you can read them as if you
are an unbeliever right now here in this room. Think about it for a second. We’ll start in vs. 2. I’ll
read it. Let’s read it as it’s written. That’s always important. Read the Bible the way that it’s

That’s a good way to go about things, but then imagine with me for a second after that.
Vs. 2-3. We can read that today knowing what comes next in vs. 4-10. It’s like an amazing truth.
But if you’re an unbeliever, or you’re living in this kind of retreated life shying away or turning
away or hiding from what God is capable of doing in your life, you might read this in the present
tense. You might say wherein today I am walking according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who works in the children of
disobedience among whom I have my conversation today in the lust of my flesh, fulfilling the
desire of my flesh and of my mind and am by nature a child of wrath even as others.
What does it take to get – okay.

Go back to the treasure in the field. I know, I’m all over the place. I’m sorry. Bear with me. Go back to the treasure in the field in Matthew 13:44. What does it take to be in that field like Joseph was, like Moses was, like each and every one of us is or was in our life; what does it take from being in that field to finding the treasure that’s there? What’s
that? Selling all. Yeah, that’s what he does in the parable. Absolutely. Selling all. But something
happens for the man in that parable to find the treasure.

Now, the verse we read in the very beginning in Genesis 49:22, you know what I think about when I
think about Joseph? Like if he’s a limb on a tree or a vine hanging from another vine and his
vine is going over the wall and the fruit that’s growing on that vine; like the fruit that’s growing
in all of us as believers today because we’re planted by the rivers of water and we are just
producing fruit, not of ourselves but the water that’s rushing in us and through us and giving us
life. That fruit is dropping over the wall of the unbeliever’s life.

That fruit is dropping over behind the veil in 2 Corinthians 3 that covers the hearts of the unbeliever. That fruit is getting passed the blindness of the god of this world in 2 Corinthians 4 and revealing a real light or a piece of Christ to
an individual who has never seen it before.

So, the person who is finding this treasure in the field, do they just happen to find it all on their
own? How does God speak to us? Through his Spirit. Who does the Spirit move through?
Everyone in this room. Everyone in this room. For this man to find this treasure in the field,
someone had to point it out to him.

Like what do we celebrate at Easter? Resurrection. But before that, what do we have to
contemplate on? Good Friday. The Cross. If we look at our life according to sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7,
who wants to go see a man tortured by the Roman guard and watch his bloody body hang from
a tree and slowly die? Does anyone want to do that? No. No one wants to do that. But do you
know what that very act is? What that very death means to everyone who is there watching it?
It’s the actually treasure that’s in the field. It’s the actual cornel of wheat that Jesus talks about
in John 12 that has to go up and die so that it can abound to many other people with its fruit.
Joseph’s life, Joseph had to live a certain way.

He had to go through a lot of turmoil to be able to have this fruit that makes it over the wall to another person’s life. Moses had to spend 40 years in the desert and learn how to shepherd sheep of all things. He was the prince of Egypt.
He had to go out of the kingdom and run away into the middle of the desert and learn how to
shepherd sheep in order to bring real fruit back to the Israelites that were in bondage in Egypt.
So, when we read – let’s turn to Psalm 92. No, hold on. Psalm 103 first. Psalm 103 first. Psalm 103:2-3. If you
read through the psalm, it just gives benefit after benefit after benefit after benefit. When we
read something like that, we have to remember first how we got to that place where we
receive all these benefits. It’s – I don’t mean to sound sobering in any way.

Like I said, it’s a weird kind of night but in order for us to see everything that God is, sometimes
he takes us through a very narrow place filled with enemies, filled with disappointments, filled
with let downs, filled with all sorts of our own failures to be able to see how victorious we can
be when we turn to him. 2 Corinthians 2 says he always leads us in triumph or he always leads us in

And then whenever we start walking in that victory, then we become a fragrance or a savor to
other people later on. And then in 2 Corinthians 3, our life becomes a written epistle for other people
to read because we have gone for death to life. We have gone from emptiness, from the lust of
our flesh and the lust of our mind and all those things in Ephesians 2. We have allowed God to deliver
us in his mercy and his richness, in his power and his capability.

Fill us with the Holy Spirit and set us on a path that is beyond our comprehension and understanding and allow us to walk in new life, in new love, in forgiveness of any past sin without guilt for any dumb or horrible thing that we have done. He allows us to walk freely it says in 2 Corinthians 3:17. With liberty. He allows us
to walk with liberty despite the bondage we started in in life.

Maybe we’ll end with what psalm did I say? 92? Let’s see. Hold on. I got to read ahead. Make
sure it makes sense. Psalm 92:12-15, this becomes our testimony once we are planted. Psalm 92:12-
15, when we make that decision – if you’ve never made that decision – when we make that
decision or maybe you’re a, you know, what’s the word in Jeremiah? You’re backsliding. Maybe
you’re far away from God in some way, shape or form. When you make that decision afresh,
when you come back to God again – Jeremiah keeps saying about Israel return unto me Israel.
Return unto me Israel. Return unto me Israel.

When you are finding yourself in the middle of that field, and you realize the treasure is there
and you make that decision to sell everything you have and to give it up and purchase that field,
you have a whole new lease on life. You have a whole new lease on everyone around you,
because you have a purpose when you find that treasure.

It’s the same purpose that Joseph has to be a bow that reaches over the wall. In Proverbs 11:30, it
says the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. Every piece of fruit that drops over the wall to
that unbeliever, to that unbeliever, to that unbeliever; every testimony you have of your life of
the things that you’ve gone through, the places where God has put you today is a fruit that
makes a new tree and a new tree and a new tree. And every single tree comes life to those
around it.

So, if you’re planted, if you’re planted, what’s a good way to say this? 2 Timothy 2:24 says the
servant of the Lord does not strive. Psalm 46:10 says be still and know that he is God. If you’re
planted, be planted. If you’re planted, forget not – let’s see. Okay. Last verse I think. I promise.
Isaiah 43:18-19.

If you are planted, remember not the former things. Vs. 18-19. That fruit that you are dropping
makes a new way and a new way and a new way and a new way and it’s new life for every
individual who picks it up. Why? Cuz your fruit is not your own. Your fruit is of Christ and Christ
grows it on you. Christ matures it to the proper point. Christ drops it in front of the person who
needs to hear it and see it and eat of it and partake and enjoy that new life that you and I all
have. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Let’s pray. (Prayer).

P. Schaller –

Okay. Praise the Lord! Amen. Praise the Lord! Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, Lord. Wow. Praise God! Let’s praise the Lord. Come on! Halleluiah! God is good to
us. Huh. Have we been forgiven. Huh. We have been forgiven. We have been loved. Halleluiah.

Anybody is your name in the book of life? Anybody here? Is your name in the book? Wow.
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus. How about if I fail, does the Lord uphold me?
Underneath are his everlasting arms. Are we called by his name? By his name.

Wait a minute. Adam and Eve it says that their name was Adam. It doesn’t say their name was
Adam and Eve. Their name was Adam. What does that mean? Oneness. Yeah. Come on. What
do you think? What does it mean for us? I got to be careful right now. I got to be careful. But
who is our husband? Christ, right? Are we the bride? Okay. We’re not married yet but he made
the downpayment. We got the ring. Go ahead. Show your neighbor. I got the ring. We belong to
him. He bought us. He bought us.

All right. So, what’s our name? What’s our name? Think about it. Isn’t that good? I think it is.
Because Jeremiah says I found your Word and it was the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am
called by thine name O Lord God. Adam and Eve their name was Adam and us and Christ and
our name is Christ. I don’t know. Come on! I can’t believe it. We’re connected with God. Amen.
We’re members of his Body. We’re members of his Body. Wow. Beautiful.

Thanks P. Mat for the word. Hey, hey. Come on. You know what? Has any preacher here have
you ever struggled giving the Word out? Raise your hand if you have. I have. But he did real well
because he didn’t stop. And he loves God and we got that from you. We got it from you. You
love God. You love the Word. A man of God. We love that guy. Head of the Bible school. Very
faithful. Very loyal. Great man. Thank you for the Word tonight. Thank you, Jesus.

How about is the Lord going to give us a good week? Yeah. Is he? Well, let’s believe him. We
don’t know. Because to be biblical, it says you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Will we
live through the week? Biblically we can’t say. We don’t know but we live biblically, right? It’s a
possibility we’ll survive through the week. Halleluiah. And if we live, we live in the Lord and
guess what? If we die, we die in the Lord. Halleluiah! We can’t lose. We can’t lose. We can’t
lose. Okay. (Prayer).


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