by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Trials of Great Bible Characters (4 of 15)
The Trial of Joseph
Clarence E. Macartney
Psalm 105:18, The Book of Common Prayer

A very interesting fact, that: the man whose life
makes one of the world's greatest stories was a man
into whose soul the iron had entered. No one would
take an interest in a life that was all sunshine,
happiness, and success. The greatness of life does not
come out until the soul feels the touch of iron.
Ambition, youth, beauty, temptation, suffering,
sorrow, jealousy, hate, forgiveness - all the great
elements for the great story are here in the life of
Joseph. The reason for the worldwide popularity of
Joseph and his story is to be found in his youth, his
dreams, his ambition, his trials, his magnanimity, and
his sense of the divinity that shaped his rough-hewn

When the prodigal son was returning from the "far
country," while he was yet a great way off, his father
saw him. Love magnifies and increases the vision of a
man's eye. But so also does hate. That morning when
Joseph came to visit his brothers to see how they did,
his coat of many colors brushing the tears from the
cheeks of the morning flowers, his brothers saw him
afar off. One of them, standing near the campfire, saw
something moving far to the north and east, this side
of the mountains. He watched it for a little, and
then, catching a flash of one of the colors of the
coat, turned to his brothers and said, "Behold, this
dreamer cometh. Come...let us slay him, and cast him
into some pit; ...and we shall see what will become of
his dreams!"

The whole history of Joseph, from that morning when
his brothers saw him coming to visit them down to the
end, is a wonderful mosaic of divine providence. Let
us see how that was. When he left his father's home at
Hebron, Jacob told Joseph to visit his brothers in
Shechem; but when he got to Shechem he could not find
them. A man who found him wandering in ...

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