But the Lord Was with Joseph
1. We all remember the inspiring story of Joseph and his victory over the worst of circumstances...betrayed by his own brothers, and then later exalted by God to a position of honor and power.
2. Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob. The Bible says in (37:3), Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age.'' Because of his father's favoritism, his brothers were jealous of him. It says in (37:4), that ''they hated him.'' In (vs. 11) of the same chapter, it says, ''they envied him.'' And finally, in (vs. 18), we are told that ''they conspired against him,'' selling him into slavery.
2. Here in chapter 39, we find Joseph, brought down to Egypt and sold by the Ishmaelites to Potiphar, who was captain of the guard to Pharaoh. Eventually, Joseph is placed in charge of Potiphar's house. It says in (vs. 4), He was made overseer over his house and all that he had he put into his hand.
a. One day, while Potiphar is away, his wife attempts to entice Joseph, but it says in (vs. 8), ''he refused.'' Because she was spurned and embarrassed by his rejection, she falsely accuses him, causing him to be placed in prison by Potiphar: (vs. 20), And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. Now this brings us to the most important part of our message. I want you to notice (vs. 21a), But the Lord was with Joseph...
3. Listen, no matter what our trial, temptation or affliction may be we can take courage in the fact that God is with us. Joseph knew that, and we can know that. And keep in mind, throughout his ordeal and throughout all his time of trouble and affliction--including his time in prison, we never find Joseph complaining or accusing God of being unfair. Though he may not have understood why all these things were taking place, he knew something we s ...
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