The stories of Joseph and Gideon
Once again I thought I knew the "whole" story of Joseph (just like I thought I knew about the five-fold blessing). Joseph: he had a couple dreams, his brothers hated him, sold him, God was with him, he had favor, he gathered all the corn. Well let's take a look at all he actually gathered:
All the corn: Genesis 41:49
All the Money: Genesis 47:14
All the Cattle: Genesis 47:16
All the Land: Genesis 47:20
20% of future harvests: Genesis 47:26
Of all that is in the account of Joseph (by-the-way, "Joseph" means "let him add"), it is definitely a story of God's great favor and grace. Yes, as Joseph remained true to his Lord EVERYTHING he did was blessed; producing a prosperity that not only saved his family, but the nation of Egypt as well. He, God's man, ended up in control...of everything. The Lord had said He wanted His people to have dominion and control, and the story of Joseph certainly displays that.
Now, let's take a quick look at the account of Gideon before we move on.
Judges 6. You know the story. The Israelites had sinned. God gave them over to the Midianites (the root meaning of this word being: contentious, discord, strife). They repented and God brought about a great deliverance through Gideon and a small, united band of three hundred men. Yes, it turned out just as the Lord had said to Gideon while he was still hiding in the winepress (Judges 6:16) "Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man."
So, what's my point? Simply this: I believe the Lord has showed me (and this wasn't an overnight revelation, believe me!) that He indeed wants HIS people blessed...and ultimately...in control. This would involve a unified body of believers (Gideon) and the direction and divine favor of God (Joseph). Which leads to the Two Systems.