The Story – Part #3
Genesis 45:1-8 Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. 4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Joseph was loved by his father and hated by his brothers
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery
Joseph was a slave to Potiphar
When propositioned by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph ran
Joseph was thrown into prison for not falling to temptation and angering Potiphar’s wife
In prison Joseph was introduced to Pharaoh’s butler who said he would put in a good word for Joseph
After two years, the butler finally remembered Joseph and Joseph was brought in to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams
Joseph interpreted the dreams and was made vice-Pharaoh of Egypt
Lessons to Learn
When we recognize that God is in control we can accept our circumstances
Genesis 45:8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
When we recognize that God is in control we can forgive others
Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
When we recognize that God is in control we can serve no matter how big or small the task we are called to undertake
Genesis 39:4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
Genesis 39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.
Genesis 41:39-41 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
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