Joseph – An Overview


This week’s study will focus on Joseph, son of Rachel and Jacob.

NIV Genesis 30:25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph,…

Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob and Jacob’s favorite because Joseph was the first born and at the time, the only son of his favorite wife, Rachel.

NIV Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

Jacob’s favoritism evidently went to Joseph’s head and his older brothers, being jealous of his status with their father, sold him as a slave to their cousins, the Ishmaelites, who turned around and sold him as a slave in Egypt.

NIV Genesis 37:28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

After God humbled him by forcing him to serve as a slave in Potiphar’s household, being falsely accused of rape and then wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, he was ready to be used by God. He became the most influential person in the world outside of Pharaoh and blessed the Egyptians with his humble leadership. And he humbly cared for his brothers even though they had cruelly mistreated him.

NIV Genesis 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there…. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, … 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”… 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her…. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me…. 19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying… he burned with anger…. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison…. 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden….

NIV Genesis 41:41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

NIV Genesis 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

God took a spoiled, poorly parented, self-centered boy and molded him into a humble, useful tool for God’s service in the life of two nations. We have seen the process of transformation. Now we need to examine the product of this transformation.

1 Response to “Joseph – An Overview”

  1. 1 Vondra November 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    People should read this.

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