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Icons of the Bible: Joseph - Sibling Rivalry, Slavery & Redemption

Updated: Sep 25, 2022

Images from Icons of the Bible James Lewis

The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture. - Andy

Joseph: Because God Meant It for Good (Selected Scriptures)

Video from Grace to You

"Now, I want you to turn to the last chapter of the book of Genesis, chapter 50, and we’re going to begin and then do a little bit of a flashback. As you know, we are in a series called “Unlikely Heroes” that is already a prepared book, and it will be available to you by the end of August. You’re going to enjoy reading this book, and we’re taking a look at some of the heroes, some of the men and women that God used in remarkable ways, who at the beginning were very unlikely to have the level of influence that they have had.

And tonight we’re going to talk about Joseph – Joseph – because God meant it for good. If you look at chapter 50 of Genesis, in verse 20, Joseph says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.." from transcript.

Joseph's Story: Sibling Rivalry, Slavery, and Redemption: The Jewish Story - Unpacked

Video from Unpacked

"Ever wonder how a case of sibling rivalry ended up changing the destiny of the Jewish people? We’re digging deep into the core of the epic tale of Joseph and his brothers and explaining why this well-known Bible story marks a change from everything that comes before it. The Jewish Story Explained is based on the book "Letters to Auntie Fori: 5,000 Years of Jewish History and their Faith" by Martin Gilbert" from video introduction.

The Suffering of Joseph & Jesus

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” So Joseph would have had every reason to believe before the fateful day he was sent out once again to check on his brothers in the fields (Gen. 37:12–13). Thus far, his life had all been grace and glory: the favorite son of a wealthy father, a multicolored robe marking him out from the crowd, and, to cap it all off, two dreams from heaven promising that one day his family would bow in admiration before him. God did indeed have a wonderful plan for Joseph’s life, but as with Christ, whose life Joseph so fascinatingly foreshadows, the path would be one of suffering before glory. INTO THE PIT The story of Joseph’s downfall is well known. Out in the wilderness, away from Jacob’s watchful eye, the hatred of the brothers of Joseph toward him gives birth to sin. The eldest brother, Reuben, manages to persuade the others to stop short of murder. Instead they pounce on Joseph, strip him of his robe, and throw him into a pit. With Reuben offstage, the nine remaining patriarchs spot a caravan of Ishmaelites heading to Egypt and quickly resolve to sell Joseph for twenty shekels of silver. But Joseph’s journey to the “pit” is far from over. Bought by Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh’s guard, he initially rises to be placed over everything in his master’s household. But Potiphar’s wife has her eye on the handsome Hebrew slave, and she demands that he come and lie with her. When righteous Joseph spurns her advances, she falsely accuses him of attempted rape, grabbing his robe from him to use as evidence in her deceiving Potiphar—rather as the brothers seized his first robe to deceive their father. Two unjust attacks, two lying robes, and two pits for Joseph. Surprisingly, Joseph is again spared death—perhaps Potiphar had his suspicions about his wife’s honesty—but he returns to “the pit,” as Joseph calls his prison (Gen. 40:15). As he lingers in jail, in the depths of the pit, Joseph might be forgiven for wondering what had happened to the promises of God he’d received in his two dreams. But those dreams hadn’t described Joseph’s journey, just his destination. Yes, one day he will be raised to glory and his brothers would indeed bow before him. But Joseph must bear the cross before he wears the crown. In this way, his life foreshadows that of Christ. Jesus, too, knew that His destiny was one of majesty and glory, raised to the right hand of the Father with the promise that one day every knee would bow. But His path, too, led first to the pit.

Joseph must bear the cross before he wears the crown. In this way, his life foreshadows that of Christ.." from the article: The Suffering of Joseph & Jesus

painting of Joseph and his coat of many colors
Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors Thomas Blackshear Artist

Amazing Discovery of Joseph's Statue in Egypt - David Rohl

Video from Jew of the Week

"A short excerpt from 'Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus', where host Tim Mahoney speaks with Egyptologists David Rohl and Charles Aling about the incredible discovery of a Semitic palace and tomb in Egypt that clearly points to the Biblical Joseph and his Israelite family." from video introduction.


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