Just as the Father loves the Son, Jacob loved Joseph with an everlasting love. Who would have ever believed that a richly ornamented robe and a dream would catapult Joseph towards his life destiny; he went from being a servant to becoming the Prince of Egypt. Life lessons that taught Joseph how to manage small situations, to managing and maintaining eternal riches that can never be depleted. The stage is now set for one of the greatest lessons the Bible has to teach us.
Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob and Rachel, and the favorite among Jacob’s other offsprings. For that reason Joseph’s life was plagued with many days of trouble and hardships. His brothers felt unappreciated by their father, which caused resentment towards Joseph. Unknown to the brothers, what they really hated was the favor of God that was on Joseph’s life, in which the coat of many colors represented. The coat was a gift to Joseph from his father, and his brothers hated him for all that it stood for.
(Background Scripture: Genesis 37 – 50)
JOSEPH THE DREAMER: Every Gift has a Purpose:
One of the gifts that Joseph possessed was the ability to interpret dreams. I believe Joseph’s gifts were confirmation of what God placed on the inside of him, which would later manifested at the appointed time. Joseph was born to be a leader, but he had to mature in wisdom, grow in knowledge and gain understanding in many thing. God chose Egypt as Joseph’s training ground.
One night Joseph had a dream that revealed his God given destiny. He was so excited that he could hardly contain himself. He had to share the dream with his family. Joseph spoke these words: “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field hen suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”; (Gen. 37:5-7).
After sharing his dream Joseph’s brothers scornfully replied, “Do you suppose that the dream means that you will some time rule over us, and that we will bow down to you?” His parents were astonished, but his brothers hated him even more.
Again Joseph told it his dream to his brothers; “Listen, I had another dream, and this time the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”; (Gen.37:9).
After telling the dream to his father, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will you mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind; (v.9-11).
“Jealousy, the enemy’s weapon of division.”
In retaliation against Joseph his brothers devised a plot to kill him. They captured him and stripped him of his coat, and threw him into a pit; it was actually a cistern that had no water. His eldest brother, Reuben, was the voice of reason in this situation; he convinced them not kill Joseph, but to sell him into slavery. They all agreed. Shortly after, a tribe of Ismaelites were passing through, they were traveling to Egypt. They purchased Joseph for 20 shekels of silver; (v. 12 – 35).
THE JOURNEY – From the Pit to the Palace
Joseph was taken from his home in Canaan to Egypt. The Bible described Canaan as the land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 33:3, 8). * The valley of Eshcol was a land abounding with all the necessary and good things of life. This was the place where Joshua sent the ten spies, who found a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carry it on a pole between them; (Num. 13:23). The land was very prosperous!
Egypt was the classroom where Joseph learned Egyptian proprieties. He learned:
1. The Egyptian language.
2. The laws of the land.
3. Egyptian customs, culture and traditions.
4. The Egyptian gods; and the sacrifices and offerings made to them.
5. He learned their bartering systems. Continue to page 2