The Story of Joseph
"Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you
all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. "You shall be over my
house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard
to the throne will I be greater than you." And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I
have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off
his hand and put it on Joseph's hand" -
The Old Testament - A Brief Overview
Next we move on to another important person in God's plan whose name was
Joseph. The story of Joseph is among those that are most favored in the Bible.
As Jacob grew older, ten of his sons got jealous of their younger brother,
Joseph, because Jacob adored Joseph. Joseph was receiving revelations and dreams
at a very young age and dreamed they would all bow down to him someday. The 10
brothers got so mad that they sold him to a caravan going to Egypt and then told
their father that he was dead. Later Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams by the
Gen 41:15-16 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and
there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you
can understand a dream, to interpret it." So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying,
"It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
Joseph was faithful to God and became a main ruler in Egypt:
Gen 41:39-44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown
you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. "You shall be over
my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in
regard to the throne will I be greater than you." And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
"See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet
ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand . . ."
Just as the dream had foretold, a famine came throughout the world and in the
land of Canaan it was very severe so Joseph's 10 brothers came to Egypt in
search of food. They all bowed down to him, and after testing them, Joseph
revealed to them his true identity, and forgave them. God saved the whole family
from the famine and they came down to live in Egypt.
story of Joseph is an amazing story because it reveals how God in His
foreknowledge, planned far in advance, knowing that the Hebrews wouldn't survive
in Canaan because of the coming famine and other circumstances, but needed to be
brought down into Egypt where they would not only survive but multiply
exceedingly. God ordained the situation with Joseph so that He would preserve
His people and fulfill His promises to Abraham.
Later Joseph said to his brothers:
Gen 50:20 "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it
for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people
Gen 50:24-26 And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God
will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He
swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob." Then Joseph took an oath from the
children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up
my bones from here." So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and
they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.