Joseph’s brothers found themselves in trouble with the Egyptian authorities (not knowing that the Governor was their brother, Joseph). Joseph wasn’t seeking revenge; but assurance of the safety of his brother, Benjamin, and the health of his father, Jacob. Their time in prison provided an opportunity for them to reflect on their past conduct and… Read More »
When Joseph saw his brothers preparing to purchase grain, his concern was for the safety of his brother, Benjamin, and the health of his father, Jacob. In order to assure the honesty of his brothers, Simeon was retained as a prisoner until Benjamin was provided. But the brothers were unaware of Joseph’s identity.
The seven years of famine foretold by God to Pharaoh through Joseph had begun; and it effected regions beyond Egypt, including Canaan, where Jacob and his sons lived. When Jacob heard that Egypt was selling grain, he sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain; however he did not send Benjamin to avoid the same… Read More »
Blog – Joseph and the Famine As foretold, following the seven years of bountiful harvests, a seven-year period of famine began. The famine affected not only Egypt, but the surrounding regions as well. One of the areas affected was Canaan, the land where Joseph’s father and brothers lived.
As a son of Jacob, Joseph was obedient to his father and God. As a father, Joseph continued to be obedient to God and serve as a role model for his sons Manasseh and Ephriam.
Thirteen years of slavery and prisoner didn’t change Joseph’s faithfulness and obedience to God. Pharaoh saw the spirit of God in Joseph and he asked Joseph to be responsible for the collection and distribution of grain. During the years of plenty, Joseph travelled extensively throughout Egypt establishing storehouses for grain in each of the cities. … Read More »
Two years after God enabled Joseph to interpret the dream of the king’s Chief Cupbearer, Pharaoh had two dreams that troubled him. None of the king’s wise men were able to interpret the dreams; but, the Chief Cupbearer remembered Joseph. When Joseph appeared before Pharaoh, he was asked if he could interpret the dreams. He… Read More »
Having received God’s unfavorable interpretation of his dream, from Joseph, the Chief Baker remained miserable for the next three days. At the end of this time, as part of Pharaoh’s birthday celebration, he had the Chief Baker released from prison. But rather than restoring the Chief Baker to his former position, he had the Chief… Read More »
The king’s Chief Cupbearer was placed into prison under the custody of Joseph. After some time in confinement, God gave a dream to the Chief Cupbearer. When Joseph shared God’s interpretation of the dream with the Chief Cupbearer, Joseph asked that the Chief Cupbearer remember him to the king, when he was restored to his… Read More »
In prison, for a crime he didn’t commit, Joseph chose to remain faithful to God. He focused on performing his tasks and duties with diligence and determination. In all that he did, he was successful because God was with him. The warden observed Joseph’s character and actions and determined that he was different than any… Read More »