Genesis Lesson 24 Day 3
Joseph is sent to prison.
7) Yahweh was with Joseph in prison.
The Lord reached out to him with his unchanging love and gave him protection (Genesis 39:21 NOG).
Some commentators believe that when scripture says that Potiphar became angry, it wasn’t at Joseph.
Potiphar knew what kind of woman his wife was, and he knew what kind of man Joseph was. His anger probably came because he knew that her accusation against Joseph was not true. Poor Potiphar! He was left with his wife and without Joseph, who made his whole household run well.1
Joseph surely expected to be executed, but God saw to it that he escaped death once again.
Since the prison was in Potiphar’s jurisdiction, it seems likely he recommended Joseph’s leadership skills and character to the warden.
The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, giving him favor with the keeper of the prison who put him in charge of all the prisoners and whatever was done there (Genesis 39:22).
Everything he did, the Lord made it succeed (Genesis 39:23).
8) The Lord was with Joseph.
The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man (Genesis 39:2).
His master recognized that the Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed (Genesis 39:3).
The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house and his fields for Joseph’s sake (Genesis 39:5).
“Yahweh reached out [to Joseph] with his unchanging love and gave him protection. Yahweh also and put him on good terms with the warden” (Genesis 39:21 NOG).
Joseph was completely trustworthy, diligent, and extraordinary. No one had to keep an eye on him to make sure he didn’t steal or goof off.
Through all of this, God positioned Joseph to save his family and many others. He also set an example for all who read his story.
9a) Hardship and suffering
Joseph later tells his brothers that even though they planned evil against him, Elohim planned good to come out of it. The Lord used Joseph to keep many people alive during that famine.
The Lord’s promises are our comfort and life.
Jesus’ words bring peace because he overcame the world and all its trouble.
By our faith the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. We really don’t know what or how to pray. That’s why Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that we can’t even put into words. Our heavenly Father knows our hearts and knows what the Spirit is saying because it’s in harmony with HIS will and plans.
So can be reassured that all that happens to will work together for good if we love God and are fitting into his plans. He knew and planned for us to become like his Son who would be the first of many brothers.
2 Corinthians 4:17
Our light and temporary difficulties and sufferings [persecution, distress, pressure] prepare us for “an eternal [perpetual] weight of glory beyond all comparison”
1 Peter 5:6-7 (?)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.’
There will come a day when our Redeemer will wipe away every tear and death itself. No more sorrow, crying, or pain. The former things has gone forever!
b) 2 Corinthians 4:17 stands out to me.
The phrase and temporary means very instant.
We can’t comprehend the concept of forever. Job and the Psalmist write that God views our lives as only a vapor.
10) Genesis 41:39-40 Things Joseph learned.
Joseph became a man in Egypt.
He learned to depend on God.
The Egyptian language and culture.
How to adapt and rise to the top in difficult circumstances.
Pharaoh acknowledged that there was none so discerning and wise as Joseph. So he put him in charge of his house, and all of his people.
The actual Hebrew phrase in Genesis 41:40 is and according to your command all my people shall kiss the ground.3 footnote
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