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Title: Joseph


1
Joseph
  • A man of great faith, especially at his death.

2
Introduction
  • Joseph (in Genesis) is one of the better if not
    most well known of Bible characters.
  • Children learn about Joseph and his coat of many
    colors.
  • Stories are told of his sold into slavery, placed
    in prison, or his raise to power.
  • Most fail to remember or learn that one of his
    greatest acts of faith is that which took place
    in his dying days. Heb. 1122

3
Introduction
  • In this lesson we walk through the life of
    Joseph.
  • We see his trust in God from his young age up
    until his death.
  • More importantly for us, we see our need to trust
    in God and to live faithfully before Him until
    our dying days.

4
The Life of Joseph
  • Jacobs love for Joseph. Gen. 371-4
  • It was more than all his sons because Joseph was
    born in his old age.
  • The manifestation of this favoritism was a
    special coat made for him.
  • Jacobs favor towards Joseph, however, lead to
    his older brother hating him.

5
The Life of Joseph
  • Josephs dreams. Gen. 375-11
  • Whether right or wrong, he mentioned two dreams
    where symbolizing their bowing down before him.
  • His brothers (who already despised him) had even
    more hatred against him.
  • His father however, having rebuked Joseph, kept
    the saying of the dream in his mind.
  • Ultimately, this dream was of God and would bring
    about Gods increase to/for Jacob and his
    descendents.

6
The Life of Joseph
  • Hated Joseph is sold into slavery. Gen. 3712-36
  • Joseph goes to look for his brothers as Jacob was
    concerned about their well being. Vs. 12-17
  • When they saw Joseph coming to them from afar
    they plotted against his life and end up selling
    him to Midianites.
  • In turn, Joseph is sold by the Midianites to
    Potiphar. Gen. 391
  • In the meantime, Josephs brothers imply to Jacob
    of Josephs death. Vs. 31-34

7
The Life of Joseph
  • Joseph put into prison by Potiphar, the Egyptian
    (officer of Pharaoh). Gen. 39
  • Because God is with Joseph and Potiphar knows
    this, he ends up as overseer over Potiphars
    house and possessions. Vs. 3-6
  • Because he was handsome in form and appearance
    Potiphars wife made unsuccessful advances at
    Joseph and has him sent to prison. Vs. 7-20
  • Even in prison, however, God continues to be with
    Joseph. Vs. 21-23

8
The Life of Joseph
  • Joseph interprets more dreams. Gen. 40-41
  • For Pharaohs cupbearer and baker who offended
    Pharaoh and were placed in prison. Ch. 40
  • For Pharaoh.Ch. 411-37
  • Joseph greatest next to Pharaoh. Gen. 4138-57
  • Joseph is now 30 years old when he rules as 2nd
    in command to Pharaoh. V. 46
  • There are seven years of plenty (and two sons
    born to Joseph) before the seven years of famine
    come.

9
The Life of Joseph
  • Joseph brings his family to Egypt. Gen. 42-47
  • True to Josephs interpretation of Gods dream,
    the famine was so severe the nations come to
    Egypt for food.
  • Thus, Josephs brothers come and bow before
    Joseph in need of food, thus fulfilling the dream
    he had twenty plus years earlier.
  • After testing their integrity Joseph reveals
    himself to his brothers and sends for his father
    to live in the land under Pharaohs favor.

10
The Life of Joseph
  • Josephs great faith verbalized before his death.
    Gen. 5022-26
  • He understood Gods providence behind his dreams
    and welfare for his fathers family. Gen.
    5019-21
  • Joseph has now lived in Egypt 93 years and has
    seen some of his great-great-grandchildren. Vs.
    22-23
  • He reiterates Gods promise given to his
    forefathers will come to pass for his children.
    Gen. 5025 Heb. 1122
  • Joseph died firmly trusting in Gods promise and
    that his children would carry out his dying will
    to be buried in the land of Canaan.
  • True to their word, Moses carries his bones out
    of Egypt (Ex. 1319) and Joshua buried them in
    Shechem where the other patriarchs were buried.
    Cp. Acts 715-16

11
The Lessons To Learn From Josephs Life
  • Joseph is a great pattern of faithfulness from
    his youth till his death. Heb. 116, 22
  • He was found faithful, even when tested by God.
    Cp. Psa. 10516-19
  • He saw over the course of many years how
    Gods divine providence worked for good through
    his life and the life of his Hebrew family. Cp.
    Rom. 828
  • He also knew ultimately, that God keeps all His
    promises. Cp. 2 Pet. 34-13

12
Conclusion
  • The life and death of Joseph is a truly amazing
    example of faith for Christians today.
  • May all those who need the blood of Jesus, and
    those who have received the Promise through His
    blood follow in his footsteps.
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