Today’s selected reading continues in the book of Genesis as it was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters thirty-seven through thirty-nine of this Old Testament book. DWELLING IN THE LAND OF PILGRIMAGE! DWELLING IN THE LAND OF YOUR FATHER’S SOJOURNINGS! ISRAEL LOVE JOSEPH MORE THAN ALL HIS CHILDREN!! COAT OF MANY COLOURS! JOSEPH LOVED MORE THAN ALL HIS BROTHERS! ESAU LOVED BY ISAAC! JACOB LOVED BY REBEKAH! A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND A TOKEN OF AFFECTION! THE HATRED OF BROTHERS! ESAU HATED JACOB! JOSEPH’S BROTHERS HATED JOSEPH! HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF! PATTERNS AND CYCLES! JOSEPH BROTHER’S SOUGHT TO KILL HIM! ESAU SOUGHT TO KILL JACOB! THEY HATED HIM EVEN MORE FOR HIS DREAMS, AND FOR HIS WORDS! THE CONSPIRACY OF BROTHERS! LET US SLAY HIM AND CAST HIM INTO SOME PIT! STRIPPED OF THE COAT AND CAST INTO A PIT! SOLD INTO SLAVERY! THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH AND HE WAS A PROSPEROUS MAN! THE WITNESS OF THE PRESENCE! THE WITNESS OF THE BLESSING OF GOD! THE LORD MADE ALL THAT HE DID TO PROSPER! FINDING GRACE IN THE MIDST OF SLAVERY! BLESSED FOR THE SAKE OF THE ELECT! BLESSED FOR THE SAKE OF THE SERVANT OF THE LORD! ATTRACTING TEMPTATION! ATTRACTING THE LUST OF THE EYES! REFUSING TO COMPROMISE! FLEEING FROM TEMPTATION! FALSELY ACCUSED! CAST INTO PRISON! FAVORED IN PRISON! THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH IN THE PALACE, THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH IN THE PRISON! THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, THE MERCY OF THE LORD, THE FAVOUR OF THE LORD! THE LORD WAS WITH HIM, THE LORD MADE HIS HAND TO PROSPER! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find Moses continuing to write concerning the narrative of Jacob, however, between the last chapter, as well as this one, the narrative shifts from speaking concerning Jacob himself to now speaking about his children. In the previous chapter we read and learned how Jacobs daughter Dinah which was born unto him by Leah was raped by shechem who was prince of the country in which they were living and sojourning. We also read how dinahs brothers Simeon and Levi avenged their sisters defilement by taking up their sword and striking down all the makes of the city in which they were dwelling. What’s more, is they struck down with the sword Schechem and his father Hamor with the sword and rescued and took their sister out of the house of shechem. The previous chapter is actually quite interesting and astounding when you think about it, for while Jacob was content to allow his daughter to remain in the house with that man who had defined and violated her, her two brothers and his two sons weren’t willing to do so. Both Simeon and Levi felt and believed that there sister should not be treated as a garlic and should not be disrespected the way she was. In all reality I happen to find it absolutely wonderful how Simeon and Levi were willing to take Ho their swords and not only deliver their sister from the house of that one who had defined and violated her, but they were also willing to take up the sword and deliver her from what might have felt like a prison sentence which undoubtedly she would have had an incredibly difficult time living with and bearing.
As I stand here this morning I can’t help but be absolutely and utterly captivated by the account of Simeon and Levi and how they took up the sword in order to deliver their sister out of the house of her defilement and shame and restore her unto her brethren once more. Despite the fact what we don’t know what caused Dinah to leave her fathers house to go and see the daughters of the land, we can be fairly certain that she did it out of and in life innocence as she undoubtedly desires relationship and communication and connection with other females after growing up in a home that was dominated by her brothers and father. It would be in the process of her going out uno the daughters of the land that she would be defined, violates and dates by shechem who was prince of the country wherein they dwelt and sojourned. What I so love about that which we find and read in this passage of scruffier is how two of Dinahs brothers were unwilling to allow Dinah to remain in the house of that one who had defined her as a prisoner of war and servant of lust, desire and entitlement. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like for Dinah to discover that the man who had violated and taped her was dead and as she was taken, removed and rescued from his house, which could and perhaps was nothing more than a prison of shame, guilt, anger, resentment and the like. It’s quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that while we are still considering the narrative of Jacob who by this time had returned unto the land wherein his fathers dwelt we are encountering and coming face to face with the tremendous and incredible reality that the Holy Spirit is transitioning from Jacob himself to now speaking about his children and the next generation. Thus far within the book of Genesis—from the twelfth chapter through to the thirty-fifth chapter—we find the narratives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now what we have is the wonderful and powerful transition to the account of Jacobs children, as we first read of the tape and violating of Dinah, as well as Reuben Jacobs oldest son going in unto his concubine Bilhah and engaging in sexual relations with her. In chapters thirty-four and thirty-five of the book of Genesis we find and encounter a certain shift and transition which was taking place in the book of Genesis, for we now begin reading concerning the children of Jacob as their narrative and their stories are beginning to be manifested in the earth. In all reality what we are experiencing is a shift in the narrative of Jacob to the narrative of his children as their lives would begin to take the forefront of what the living God was doing in the earth. Oh we dare not and must not miss this very incredible reality and point, for to do so would be to miss the incredible transition that was taking place within the book of Genesis.
With all that being said we now come to the thirty seventh chapter of the book of genesis and we find and encounter the narrative of Jacob shifting and transitioning from speaking of him alone to now his second eldest son whose name was Joseph. In all reality, the final chapters of the book of Genesis were those which centered upon and focused on the narrative of Joseph, as Joseph would be the mark and target of two distinguishing opinions and views of him. What is so interesting and unique about that which we find and read in these final chapters of the book of Genesis is that the narrative of Joseph begins with a tale of two affections and a tale of two opinions. If and as you study and read the account and narrative of Joseph you will find and come face to face with the absolutely incredible reality that he was one who lived and dwelt in the house of blessing and in the land of promise, and yet even though he lived in the house of blessing and the land of promise he would find himself caught in the middle of and in between two different opinions and views of him. As you read the words which are found within the thirty seventh chapter you will find that Jacob was greatly loved by his father Jacob, and not only greatly loved, but also loved by his father more than any of his other brethren. That which Moses writes concerning Jacob was that he was greatly loved by his father and loved more than his brethren because he was a child of his old age. There is absolutely no mistaking that which is found and written within these chapters, for what we find within them is an incredibly intriguing reality of how Joseph was lived by his father more than his brothers—this despite the fact that this reality was a similar one which was manifested in the house of Jacob growing up. If you turn and direct your stew thin to previous chapters you will find how concerning Jacob and Esau Jacob was loved by his mother while Esau was loved by his father. There was a serious conflict which was found within the narrative of Jacob and Esau growing up as each was the object of one of their parents affections. Now here we are in the days and generations of Jacobs children and we find a similar reality manifesting itself in their house as Joseph was not only greatly loved by his father, but also that Joseph was loved more than all his brothers because he was the child of his fathers old age. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we pay close attention to this reality, for it helps set the stage for the events we find and read in the pages and chapters ahead. This account of Joseph being loved more than all his other brothers is one that is quite remarkable—particularly when you consider the fact that there were eleven other brothers which would include his younger brother Benjamin who was born by his mother Rachel before she died after giving birth to Benjamin. The fact that Jacob loves Joseph more than all his other children was perhaps the single greatest reality that stands at the forefront of the opening verses of this chapter.
If we are found to truly understand the narrative of Jospeh in this particular portion of the book of Genesis it is absolutely necessary that we understand that Josephs live was one that was lived and spent between two different realities. On the one hand Joseph was loved by his father, and undoubtedly loved by his father more than all his other brothers, however, on the other hand we find that Joseph was hated by his brethren. LOVED BY THE FATHER, HATED BY THR BRETHREN! If you are going to understand the narrative and account of Joseph you must understand and consider the fact that his life and his narrative was one that was spent living between two different realities and opinions. Joseph was undoubtedly and undeniably loved by his father, but he was also hated by his brethren. This is actually quite an interesting reality and concept for it brings us face to face with the reality that one can be lived by the Father and yet hated by their brethren. While the narrative which we find and read in this passage deals specifically and exclusively with the natural we must understand that it has just as much application to the supernatural and spiritual realm. What we find and what we read in the thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis is quite unique and remarkable when you take the time to consider and think about it, for within it we find the narrative and account of one of Jacob’s twelve sons who was not only greatly loved by the father, but also one who was loved by the father more than the other sons and more than any of Jacob’s children. This love was expressed through a gift and symbol of the love which Jacob had for Joseph as he had given him a coat of many colors—a symbol of that which proved and demonstrated the tremendous love and affection he had for one of only two sons born unto him by Rachel whom he loved. What’s even more intriguing and interesting concerning this reality is when you turn your attention back to the previous chapters and read and consider how when Laban gave both Leah and Rachel to Jacob as wives it was written that Jacob loved Rachel, and did in fact love Rachel more than he loved Leah. It was Rachel whom he was willing to serve Laban seven years in order that he might take her unto himself as wife. Of course we know through the account and narrative of Jacob that Laban acted deceitfully within the life of Jacob and gave his eldest daughter Leah unto Jacob instead and in place of Rachel whom his heart and soul truly loved. If you turn and direct your attention back to the twenty-ninth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find in verses thirty and thirty one the following words which describe the love which Jacob had toward and for Rachel in comparison and set against his feelings toward Leah. Consider if you will the words which are found in these two verses beginning with the thirtieth verse and continuing through to the thirty-first verse:
“And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren” (Genesis 29:30-31).
It is absolutely necessary that we pay close attention to that which is found within this particular passage and within these two verses, for there is not a doubt in my mind that what we find in the thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis is a further continuation and manifestation of what we find and read in the twenty-ninth chapter. It would be in the twenty-ninth chapter of the book of Genesis that we read how Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah—and not only that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, but also how the Lord saw that Leah was hated. We must pay close and careful attention to these words and this reality, for to do so would be to understand that which we find in the narrative and account of Joseph. In fact, there is not a doubt in my mind that if we are going to truly understand that which we find in the thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis we must understand Jacob’s feelings and affections for and toward Leah as set in comparison with his feelings and affections toward Rachel. Scripture makes it perfectly and abundantly clear that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah and was willing to serve Laban seven more years for Rachel in order that he might fulfill his desire to have and take her as his wife. As if this weren’t enough, Scripture points out and makes absolutely clear that not only was Rachel loved more than Leah, but Scripture also reveals and points to the reality that Leah was not only loved less, but she was also hated. It is important for us to remember and recognize that it was not Leah whom Jacob had feelings and affections for, for Jacob was willing to serve their father Laban seven years in order to take her unto himself as his wife. That which we read and that which we find in the thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis is in my opinion a continuation and manifestation of what was written and recorded in the twenty-ninth chapter, for it is in that particular chapter we not only read how Rachel was loved more than Leah, but also even how Leah was hated. It was in response to Leah being hated by Jacob that the Lord responded to and opened up her womb, as he not only allowed her to conceive and bring forth six sons, but also a daughter—that daughter being Dinah whose narrative and story we find and read in the thirty-fourth chapter of the book of Genesis. It’s incredibly interesting and worth considering how what we find in the narratives and lives of Rachel and Leah would actually play itself out in the lives of their children, as the same feelings and affections which Jacob had toward Rachel were the same feelings he had toward his son Joseph who was born unto him by and through Rachel, and was conceived and brought forth in his old age. Oh please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this absolutely incredible and tremendous reality, for to do so would be to miss and lose sight of that which the Holy Spirit desires to point out and highlight—namely, that the same love and affection which Jacob had toward Rachel was the same love he had toward Joseph who was born through her. What’s more, is while it might not be true that Jacob hated his other sons as Scripture reveals that Leah was hated, we can be absolutely certain that Jacob didn’t love them as much as he did Joseph.
What so intrigues and captivates me about the narrative of Jacob and Joseph—and not only this, but also what we find and read concerning the narratives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and now Joseph—is that not only does history repeat itself, but also that what manifests itself in one generation may at times appear and manifest in another generation. What I mean by this is that what we find and read concerning the love which Jacob had for and toward Rachel while hating Leah was manifested and brought forth in the next generation as Joseph was loved by his father and loved more than his other brothers. Coincidentally Joseph’s other brothers would be born unto his father through Leah, and through the two women who served as hand maids unto his mother and Leah. It is absolutely incredible and intriguing to think about and consider the fact that while Scripture points out and reveals how Jacob loved Rachel, yet how Rachel was hated, it also points out and reveals that Joseph was loved by his father more than his brothers. Please pay close and careful attention to this reality, for it serves as the foundation and underlying principle and reality found and contained within this passage of Scripture. The narrative of Joseph is one that centers around the reality that while he was loved by his father he was hated by his brethren. In fact, as you read the words which are found within this passage you will find it mentioned that Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. It would be in response to this love which Jacob had for and toward Joseph that would cause his father to give him a coat of many colors. When, however, his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all his other brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him. This is the beginning of the narrative, for if you continue reading that which is found in this passage you will find it written that Joseph would dream a dream which he would tell unto his brothers—a dream which they would hear, be offended by, and would have certain feelings and thoughts concerning. If you continue reading within this chapter you will find it written that his brothers hated Joseph all the more for his dream. In fact, twice in verses five through seven we find and read how not only did Joseph’s brethren hate him, but they also hated him yet the more. In the fifth verse we find that Joseph’s brethren hated him yet the more, while in the eighth verse we find and read that they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. Do not lose sight and miss this absolutely incredible and tremendous reality, for what begins with the narrative and account of Joseph being loved by his father would actually continue with it being written how Joseph’s brethren hated him because of the love wherewith his father loved him, and even because of the dreams and words which he spoke unto them. What’s more, is by the time we come to the eleventh verse we find Joseph having yet a second dream which he shared with his brethren, as well as his father. What we find and read after this is that his brethren not only hated him yet the more, but now we read how they envied him because of the dreams and words which he had spoken unto them.
The narrative and account of Joseph is one that is actually quite remarkable and astounding when you think about and consider it, for within this passage we find Joseph who was a son that was loved by his father and yet hated by his brethren. What’s more, is that we initially find Joseph being hated by his brethren because of the love which his father had for and toward him, and hated all the more because of the dreams and words which he had spoken unto them. The narrative of Joseph is one that describes the love which his father had for and toward him, however, that love was also matched—perhaps with equal force, degree and measure—with and by hatred of his brothers who hated him. It’s worth noting that his brothers originally and initially hated him because of the love wherewith their father loved him more than they, but they would hate him even more because of the dreams and words which he had and spoke unto them. There is not a doubt in my mind that this reality can and does in fact manifest itself in the supernatural and spiritual realm in our generation, and even in the house of the living God as there are those among us who engage in hatred, malice, and resentment toward their brother(s) and sister(s) when they witness, behold and look upon the relationship they have with the Father in heaven. There are men and women among us in the house of the Lord who look upon and observe the love which the Father has for and toward others in the house, and as a direct result of this love which they look upon and behold, they allow themselves to engage in hatred and malice toward those whom they perceive as a threat unto themselves. Of course we must understand and recognize that the Heavenly Father does not love any one of His children more than any of His other children, and if there is in fact one whom the Father would in fact love more, it’s His only begotten Son who is Jesus the Christ. Perhaps one of the single greatest realities we must recognize and understand is that there is not one single son or daughter among us in the house of the Lord whom the Father loves more than any other, and there is not a single son or daughter who has a corner on the love and affection of the Father, for the Father loves equally each and every one of His children. With that being said, however, we must recognize and understand that perception and assumptions carry with them a tremendous amount of weight and force, and that it is possible for men and women to look upon the relationship with others have with the living God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Christ, and not only envy and hate them for and because of it. What’s more, is that it is also possible that there are brethren among us in this generation—as well as in generations past—who look upon their brothers and sisters with envy and hatred because of the dreams, the visions and words which they speak before and unto them. We would be incredibly naïve to think and believe that this reality is not manifested within the house of the Father in this generation, and that it has not manifested itself in previous generations since the days of Joseph. We must recognize and understand that there are brothers and sisters among us in this generation who are absolutely and incredibly envious and jealous of the relationship which others have with the living God—and not only the relationship they have with the Father, but also because of the dreams and visions which they seem to receive from Him.
The account and narrative of Joseph is one that played out in the physical and natural realm, however, I am convinced that it is one that is and has been played out in the spiritual and supernatural realm for generations since then. There has always been those brothers and those sisters who are and have been jealous and envious of their brethren because of the unique relationship they share with their Father in heaven, and it is from that place of envy and jealousy that they actually engage in hatred toward and against them. We must be naïve to think and consider for a moment that this simply isn’t a reality, and that it does not and has not played itself out among us in the house of the Lord. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived to think and consider the fact that there are and there have been those among us who have allowed themselves to grow envious of others because of the relationship they have with their Father in heaven. They look at and examine their worship and the freedom they have in worship in the house of the Father, and they are immediately filled with envy and jealousy. They hear and listen to the way they pray and the way they intercede in the house of the Father, and they are immediately and instantly envious and jealous of the relationship which they seem to enjoy with the Father. There is absolutely not a single3 doubt in my mind that in this generation we find and encounter men and women whose hearts might very well be filled with hatred and envy for and toward their brothers and sisters because of the relationship they seem to enjoy and experience with their Father in heaven. There are those who are merely envious and jealous of the relationship with others seem to enjoy with their Father in heaven, and there are those who actually hate their brothers and sisters because of the relationship they seem to have and share with the Father. In all reality, I would dare say that in the house of the Lord in this generation there are men and women who are loved by the Father, and those who love the Father, and yet they are hated and envied by their brothers and sisters because of the relationship they seem to enjoy with each other. The hatred which Joseph’s brothers initially had for and toward him was because of the love which their father displayed toward him, as well as because of the blessing which their father gave unto him—that which was manifested in the coat of many colors. The hatred of Joseph’s brethren was indeed manifested—not only because of the love which the father had toward him, but also because of the blessing and token of that love. There is not a doubt in my mind that the coat of many colors which Joseph received from his father was a powerful symbol of love, affection and blessing, and his brethren hated him because of that symbol which not only represented love and blessing upon and within him. Oh please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this, for the very first thing Joseph’s brethren did when they saw him coming unto them was strip him of that coat of many colors. What’s more, is that after they sold him into slavery unto the Ishmaelites, they dipped the coat in blood of a goat in order to make it look like their brother had been mauled and attacked by a wild animal.
As I read and consider the account of Joseph and what we find and read concerning him in this particular section of Scripture I can’t help but encounter and come face to face with the tremendous and incredible reality that Joseph was one that was loved, and Joseph was one that not only received a token and symbol of that love, but he was also one who dreamed dreams and relayed them to his brethren. When you read about Joseph coming unto his brethren as they were tending their father’s sheep in the field, you will find that they conspired and plotted against him to strike him down and kill him—not merely because of the love which their father had for and toward him, but because of the dreams which he had. In fact, if you read the words which are found in the thirty-seventh chapter you will find concerning Joseph that when his brethren saw him they conspired against him, and said one to another, “Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” Please don’t miss that which is found within this passage, for I am convinced that what we find and what we read in this passage is a truly remarkable picture of what takes place among us in this generation. When you find and read the narrative and account of Joseph and how his brothers conspired against him to slay him and cast him into some pit, you will not find them speaking of the love which their father had toward him, but rather about the dreams which he had. When you read the words which Moses wrote concerning Joseph’s brothers conspiring against him to slay him and cast him into a pit, you will find them referring to him as “this dreamer,” and continuing by speaking about “what will become of his dreams.” The conspiracy which the brothers had toward Joseph when he came upon them in the field was not necessarily an attack and assault on the love which their father had for and toward him, but rather in response to the dreams which he had. The conspiracy which Joseph found himself experiencing in the field on this day was a direct assault and attack on the dreams which he had, as his brothers would seek to prevent and keep those dreams from manifesting themselves in the earth. It is incredibly necessary that we recognize and understand this reality, for this reality presents us with a truly wonderful and remarkable picture and reality of how what we experience and what we witness and behold among the brethren—even in the house of the Lord—is not merely an attack and assault against the love which the Father has toward them, and not even necessarily because of the relationship they seem to have with their father, but also because of the dreams which they have. The conspiracy of Joseph’s brethren was not so much an assault on and against the love of the father, but rather it was an assault against the dreams which he had dreamed—dreams which they had absolutely no clue what they even meant.
I sit here this morning thinking about and considering the fact that we read the narrative and account of Joseph, and we find his brothers conspiring against him, and even rising up against him in the field in order that they might not only be rid of him, but also be rid of his dreams. It’s worth noting that that which Joseph’s brethren sought to do was not only be rid of him and his dreams, but also seek to prevent his dreams from even coming to pass in the earth. How incredibly interesting it is to think about and consider that nowhere in this narrative and nowhere at this juncture do we find and read of the love wherein the father had for Joseph, but rather the dreams which Joseph had—dreams which undoubtedly intimidated his brethren. When Joseph’s brethren conspired against him, and even rose up against him in the field, they did so—not necessarily because of the love which their father had toward him, but rather because of the dreams which he dreamed. Oh there is not a doubt in my mind that Joseph’s brethren hated him and conspired against him in order that they might rid this dreamer from their midst, and even see what would become of his dreams. After all, how could the dreams which he dreamed and spoken unto them come to pass and come to fruition if Joseph was dead and his body lie in a pit and cistern? The assault of Joseph’s brothers against him was one that sought to rid the earth and themselves of this dreamer, and yet at the risk of getting ahead of myself we must recognize that their actions actually helped facilitate and contribute to the fulfillment of the dreams which he had. It’s absolutely and incredibly interesting and worth noting that in their attempt to stifle the dreams which Joseph dreamed, and in order to keep them from being fulfilled and taking place, they were actually playing a crucial and pivotal role in the fulfillment of those dreams. How absolutely and incredibly remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that there are times within our lives when those who are before and around us might very well conspire against us in order that they might put to death the dreams we have within our hearts and spirits, and yet that which they are doing is helping to facilitate and manifest those dreams in the earth. Joseph’s brethren sought to rid themselves of this dreamer, and rid themselves of the dreams of their brother, and even see what would become of his dreams if he were dead, and yet that which they were doing was playing a critical and crucial role in the fulfillment of those dreams. What would begin with desire and intention to slay Joseph and put him to death would eventually and ultimately be thwarted by his brother Reuben who suggested that they don’t slay and put him to death, but rather cast him into a pit and cistern instead. This Reuben suggested and spoke of—not because he was going along with what his brothers were conspiring, but because he sought to save him. Ultimately—while he was away from his brethren—Joseph’s brethren would look upon and behold lshmaelites traveling, and conspired within and among themselves to make a profit on behalf of their brother, for they decided to sell him into slavery. The thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis concludes with Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers, and ultimately being brought down into the land of Egypt.
Please pay close attention to how the thirty-seventh chapter ends and concludes, for what you find at the end and conclusion of the thirty-seventh chapter would continue in the thirty-ninth chapter as we find and read how Joseph was brought down to Egypt, and how Potiphar, and officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites. What’s worth noting and paying close attention to concerning and regarding Joseph was that even though he was sold into slavery and brought down into the land of Egypt the Lord was with him, and allowed him to be a prosperous man in the midst of his captivity and slavery. How incredibly interesting it is to think about and consider that before the descendants of Israel would live as slaves in the land of Egypt, Joseph one of the twelve sons of Israel would himself be a slave within that same land. If and as you read the words which are found within this passage, however, you will find that despite the fact that Joseph was a slave in the land of Egypt, the Lord was with him and allowed him to be prosperous. What’s more is that Joseph’s master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. Furthermore, Joseph would find grace in the sight of his master, and Joseph would serve his master daily and continually. Eventually and ultimately, Joseph would be made overseer over the house of his master, and all that he had he put into the hand of Joseph. You will go on to read how it came to pass from the time that Potiphar had made Joseph overseer over his house that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for the sake of Joseph, and the blessing of the Lord was upon him. How absolutely incredible and wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that not only was the Lord with Joseph there in the land of Egypt, but so also was the prosperity, the blessing and the favor of the Lord with and upon him. This is truly remarkable when you think about and consider it, for although Joseph was sold into slavery by his brethren, he would experience the presence of the Lord in the midst of his slavery, and would be caused to be prosperous in the midst of his captivity and slavery. What’s more, is that despite the fact that Joseph would be sold into slavery his master would see that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all he did prosper, and as a result of this reality his master made him overseer over his house and over all that he had. As if this weren’t enough, we find that Joseph’s presence in the house of his master would bring the blessing and favor of the Lord, as the Lord would bless greatly and mightily the house of his master there in the land of Egypt. How absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that even though Joseph was sold into slavery, the Lord was still with him, the Lord caused him to prosper, the Lord gave him favor, and the Lord even caused and allowed him to be a blessing.
If there is one thing we must learn from and through the life of Joseph—and as I prepare to bring this writing to a close—it’s that the Lord did not, would not and never changed Joseph’s situation and circumstance. What I mean by that is that the Lord never delivered Joseph out of and from the land of Egypt and brought him back unto the land of his father and unto his brethren. Joseph would spend the rest of his life living in the land of Egypt, and as we will see in later chapters—Joseph would eventually find himself in the palace once more. In this passage and in this section of Scripture, however, we will find Joseph going from the palace to the prison, as his master’s wife sought to lie with him, and when he refused her for the last time she falsely accused him of raping and sexually assaulting her. As a direct result of her accusation and cry against Joseph he would be cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were bound. What we must recognize, however, is that it didn’t matter where Joseph was, for whether he was in the palace or in the prison the Lord was with him. What’s more, is that it didn’t matter where Joseph was, for the Lord showed him mercy, granted him favor in the sight of those who were above him, and allowed Joseph to prosper. This is actually quite remarkable to think about and consider, for not only did it not matter where Joseph was for the for presence of the Lord would be with him, but it also didn’t matter where Joseph was for the favor and blessing of the Lord would be upon him. Joseph would be in the palace, and it would be in the palace where he would experience the presence and favor of the Lord. Joseph would be in the prison and he would experience the presence, the blessing, the favor and the prosperity of the Lord. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this awesome and remarkable reality, for it brings us face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that regardless of whether Joseph was in the palace or the prison, the Lord was with him, and the Lord caused him to prosper. Although the Lord didn’t return and restore Joseph unto his bather and unto his brethren in the land of Canaan, the Lord would cause him to prosper and be promoted within the house of his master. Although the Lord wouldn’t initially allow Joseph to be delivered from the prison wherein he had been cast, the Lord would change and alter his situation, as the Lord would allow Joseph to prosper where he was. PROSPERING WHERE YOU ARE! Oh so many times we think that where we are determines the blessing of the Lord, and where we are determines the favor of the Lord, and yet the truth of the matter is that the blessing of the Lord is not dictated, nor is it determined by where we are. The blessing, the favor and the power of the Lord can be manifested in the prison as much as it can be in the palace. It is my prayer that we read the words and account of Joseph and that we would recognize and understand the divine sovereignty of the living God and His ability to work in and through each and every situation and circumstance, as well as each and every place and location we find ourselves in that He might fulfill and accomplish His divine plans and purposes.