by Dave Gustavsen

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Series: Off the Map - The Life of Joseph
Dave Gustavsen
Genesis 40:1-41:40

Alright-Common Ground-week 3! We're studying the life of Joseph.

And let's do the one-minute summary of where we've been. Joseph was one of twelve boys born to their father Jacob. And he was daddy's favorite. And for his brothers, that favoritism started out as annoying, but it became unbearable. And so one day they turned on Joseph, beat him up, threw him into a pit, and eventually sold him to a band of slave traders headed toward Egypt. And he was bought by one of the most powerful government officials in Egypt-a guy named Potiphar. So as a slave on Potiphar's estate, he had incredible success, and he was given promotion after promotion. But he was also being pursued by Potiphar's seductive wife, and when Joseph refused her advances, she was so offended that she accused him falsely of assault, and Joseph got thrown into prison.

And even though that's incredibly depressing, chapter 39 ends with this little note of hope. Because it says that even in prison, God was with him, and he was promoted to a position of leadership within the prison.

And that's where we left off last week. So the story picks up in chapter 40 with Joseph in prison. And it's a really big chunk of Scripture, so I'm going to read some and summarize some, and let's get the big picture of what happens next-Genesis 40, verse 1…

1 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men-the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison-had a dream the same night, and e ...

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