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Series: Off the Map - The Life of Joseph
Alright-we're taking six weeks to walk through the life of Joseph, which is covered in the book of Genesis, from chapters 37 through 50. Joseph's life has been a roller-coaster so far, hasn't it?
As a teenager, life was way up: his family was well off, he was his dad's favorite son, and he had a dream about being a great ruler someday.
But then everything went way down-his brothers became so envious of him, they turned on him, beat him up, and sold him to slave traders. And he was brought to Egypt, where he became a slave in the household of a government official named Potiphar.
But then things started going up again. He was quickly promoted in Potiphar's house; he was given all kinds of responsibility and authority. It seemed like he was headed for great things.
And then it came crashing down-because he was falsely accused of sexually assaulting his master's wife, and he got thrown in prison.
But then in prison, he developed a reputation as a man of wisdom, who could interpret dreams. And so he was called on to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh himself, and the dream was pretty alarming-because it predicted that after seven years of prosperity, that whole area of the world would be plunged into seven years of famine. So not only did Joseph interpret the dream; he also had a really solid plan of how the nation could get ready for the famine by storing up grain over the next seven years. And Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph's wisdom that he appointed Joseph-on the spot-to oversee the whole project.
So it's been up, down, up, down, and now WAY back up. And that's where we left off last week, and we're going to pick up today in verse 41 of Genesis 41.
But before we get into it, let me tell you why this matters. Joseph was a follower of God. In fact, he was the son of man-Jacob-who was the son of a man-Isaac-who was the son of a man- ...
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