The Hope found in Joseph’s Story: 9 of ?

Joseph’s story is found before Job’s in the modern Bible but no one knows when Job’s story took place so I guess I should not be surprised that I am uncertain as to how to order my observations about them either.

The word hope never occurs in Joseph’s story but the story causes me to hope in sort of the same way as (G.K.) Chesterton thought of fairy tales, “Fairy tales tell us dragons can be beaten”.    The story of Joseph tells us that even when we have no control over our circumstances, God does.  And, if God has control, there will be a good outcome for those who place their hope in Him.

Joseph’s story begins with Jacob & Rachel, Genesis 30:22 and ends with the end of the book. 

The summary is that Joseph had big dreams that offended his family.  His brothers sold him as a slave to their cousins, the Ishmaelites, as a result, Joseph found himself in Egypt, a slave.  His master’s wife wanted to seduce him but when Joseph rebuffed her she framed him for rape thus landing Joseph in prison.  In prison, Joseph met servants of the pharaoh one of whom would introduce the two later.  After Joseph helps Pharaoh with a daunting task, Pharaoh makes Joseph his right hand man.  Sometime after that, Joseph’s family comes to Egypt but they don’t recognize him until he reveals himself.  Then, the same brothers who sold him become afraid of him.  Joseph comforts them saying, “What was meant for evil, God intended for good,” my paraphrase of Genesis 50:20.  The Bible tells it much better than I could.

Paul said it like this, “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose and design,” my paraphrase of Romans 8:28.



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