The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:2
Joseph was sold to a prominent Egyptian; Potiphar by name. The man apparently knew talent when he saw it, and Joseph ended up being the manager of his household.
Potiphar’s wife apparently knew talent and studly-ness when she saw it too. Twice she tried to get him to have sex, the second time rather forcefully. She held on to his tunic as he got away.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She showed Joseph’s tunic to her husband, claiming that he tried to rape her. He tried to escape when she screamed, leaving his tunic behind she told him.
So Joseph found himself back in another pit. Do not pass “Go,” do not collect 200 denarii.
Still, greatness, ummm, finds a way. The warden saw greatness in Joseph and made him his number 1 guy. He never even checked on anything Joseph did!
But where did his greatness originate? God! Genesis 39:23 tells us that “…the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.”
In fact, where does any greatness originate? God! Here is where it is worth noting that America has been a great country. Before becoming a nation, it was the destination of people seeking religious freedom, who saw themselves very much like the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt. American was founded on Christian principles.
America is in a decline which seems to have been somewhat arrested, but unless we fully return to God, our fall will continue.
Joseph, however, never backed away from God. It’s what got him in trouble with his brothers as well as Potiphar’s wife, but it’s what took him on that weaving path to ultimate greatness!
Dreams were a primary gift to Joseph from God. They were the start of God communicating Joseph’s future. They became God’s means of bringing Joseph to the fore throughout his life. In prison, Joseph’s interpretation of their dreams foretold the fates of a baker and butler who were prisoners with him.
From God Jacob accurately interpreted their respective dreams; the butler would be restored to prominence in Pharaoh’s house, and the baker would be executed. Joseph asked the butler to remember him when he returned to Pharaoh’s grace. As often happens in the world, people forget those who help them, and the butler was no exception. At least at first.
But Pharaoh had a very disturbing dream one day:
Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. 2 Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. 4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. 6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 7 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads.
That sparked the memory of Joseph for the butler, who told Pharaoh about Joseph. He had Joseph brought in, saying he had heard that Joseph can interpret dreams. Joseph, true to form, gave God the glory:
“It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
At this point I want to emphasize this quality in Joseph. He always gave credit where credit was due – GOD!
The dreams boiled down to the message that there would be seven years of great plenty, followed by seven years of very great famine.
Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph’s interpretation that he put him in charge of all affairs that would allow Egypt to survive the approaching disaster.
NEXT: This was an event of such magnitude that one might expect to find corroborating accounts in other historical sources. Dr. Lennart Moeller, author of The Exodus Case, believes he has found just such evidence. We’ll take a look at what he found.