Patriarch Joseph


1.  Patriarch Joseph 2.  King David 3. The Lord Jesus Christ

Joseph is an example to us of preserving  though  trial after trial and keeping his faith in God.
Joseph's trials and troubles were all necessary ingredients in God's purpose of saving his family, which was the roots of the nation of Israel.

In Genesis ch.37 we pick up the story of Joseph.

Altogether Jacob had 12 sons, Joseph was one of two sons born to Jacob and Rachel, the love of his life. Jacob preferred Joseph over his elder brothers and showed him preferential treatment, which can be seen by the coat of many colors that Jacob gave him. His brothers became very resentful and this led to their hatred of Joseph.

Joseph sold into slavery

Their hatred culminated when they threw him into a pit and then sold him into slavery to the Midianites.

Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Joseph a slave of Potiphar

Genesis 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

God was with Joseph and blessed him.

Genesis 39:3-6 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

Joseph is tested when Potiphar's wife desires him but Joseph does the right thing and refuses her. He will not sin against Potiphar nor God

Genesis 39:7-9 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

Being rejected, Potiphar's wife accuses Joseph of rape and Joseph is thrown into prison.

Genesis 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

God is with Joseph and blesses him even in prison.

Genesis 39:20-23 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

Joseph interprets dreams for Pharaoh concerning a 7 year famine and is released from prison. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of gathering and distribution of grain etc. Joseph is given authority over all of Egypt except for Pharaoh himself.

Genesis 41:41-43 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Because of the famine, Joseph's brothers come to Egypt to buy grain but they fail to recognize Joseph. In the end Joseph forgives his brothers and has his family brought to Egypt.

Joseph understands that God will was involved in all of his trials and suffering.

Genesis 50:17-20 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Another part of God's plan in Joseph's life was: after another Pharaoh comes to power the family of Jacob (renamed Israel by the Lord) is enslaved for 430 years. This was the beginning of the nation of the Israelites through whom the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ would come. God never brought evil upon Joseph but He did use it to accomplish His divine will.

All the fiery trials that Joseph endured was the making of him. He was around 17 tears old when he was sold into slavery. He was around 31 when he was made a ruler in Egypt.

In every thing he remained true to God and his values.