Jentezen Franklin: Beyond the Walls of the Church

When Jacob was old and on his deathbed, he pronounced prophetic blessings on each of his sons. His next-to-youngest son was Joseph. In Genesis 49:22-24, we read the words Jacob spoke over him:

Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him, but his bow remained in strength and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.

The picture Jacob paints of Joseph’s future is of a bountiful, thriving, walled-in garden planted next to a well. The garden is so lush branches grow over the wall and reach out into neighboring areas. Jacob mentions the hatred and mistreatment Joseph will encounter, but accurately prophesies Joseph’s ability to stay faithful to God through any trial.

In the verses that follow, Joseph is given a mighty blessing from his father. Jacob promises a greater blessing to Joseph than to any of his brothers. Jacob says that because Joseph extended his reach beyond the walls, God will increase Joseph’s blessing.

See, Joseph didn’t keep the blessing of his garden inside the walls. Instead he reached out to meet the needs of others.

Jacob’s prophecy was spot-on. Later, when famine struck Egypt and the surrounding areas, Joseph provided for his brothers who had sold him into slavery. He provided for Potiphar’s wife who falsely accused him. He provided for Potiphar who threw him in jail even though he was innocent.

All people would have died in the famine if not for Joseph. Joseph extended his blessing beyond the walls, beyond his confinement, beyond where he was. He cared about people who had nothing to offer him, people who didn’t deserve his help. He shared his blessing with people around him.

The well mentioned in this passage of Scripture represents Jesus Christ—the Living Water. When we find the Living Water, He changes our lives. Jesus turns our lives around and makes us new. He generously showers us with abundant blessing.

But are we sharing what we have with those beyond these walls? Beyond these walls are people who are lost and don’t know Jesus can rescue them. Beyond these walls are people who are hopeless, defeated, afraid, and bound. We walk among them every day, but we are often too caught up in our own lives to help.

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Source: Christian Post