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ABOUT JFM


 

Joseph the Dreamer was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons and Rachel’s firstborn in the Bible Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, yet rose to become the most powerful man in Egypt next to the Pharaoh by saving many lives from the 7 Year Famine.(Genesis 37-57)






  He was Hated and Sold By His Brothers Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob's twelve sons in the Bible. Joseph's half-brothers hated him so much, especially for his dreams. Because of their jealousy and hatred, they plotted to kill him but later on decided to sell him into slavery for 20 shekels of silver.

He was Falsely Accused and Put in Prison
In Egypt, while serving in Potiphar’s household, God was with Joseph and he prospered in everything he did. Joseph found favor in the sight of Potiphar and so he became his personal servant. After some time, Potiphar’s wife began to desire Joseph and sought to have an affair with him. Despite her persistence, he refused to be tempted and sleep with her. In contempt for running away from her, she took Joseph's garment and made a false claim against him. This resulted in Joseph being thrown into prison.

God was with Joseph even in Prison
In prison, God was still with Joseph. Because of God's favor and Joseph's faithfulness, the warden put him in charge of the other prisoners. After Joseph was in prison for two more years, Pharaoh had two dreams which disturbed him. He was called for and interpreted the dreams as foretelling that 7 years of abundance would be followed by 7 years of famine. Joseph advised Pharaoh to store surplus grain during the years of abundance.

From Prison to Palace: He became in charge of all Egypt
Pharaoh acknowledged that Joseph's proposal to store grain during the abundant period was very wise. Pharaoh released him from prison and put him in charge over "all the land of Egypt".  The Pharaoh took off his signet ring and put it on Joseph's hand, then clothed him in fine linen and put a gold necklace around his neck.

They Planted for 7 Years
During those seven years of abundance, Joseph ensured that the storehouses were full and that all produce was measured until there was so much that it became immeasurable. When the famine came, it was so severe that people from surrounding nations "from all over the earth" came to Egypt to buy bread as this nation was the only Kingdom prepared for the seven year drought.

Joseph's Brothers Asked For Forgiveness & He was Reunited with His Family
Because of the famine, Joseph’s stepbrothers were sent to Egypt to buy food. They later on discovered that the powerful man in charge is their brother whom they betrayed and sold. In the end, Joseph forgave his brothers and reunited with his father. He brought his family down to Egypt, where they settled in the best land in the country called Goshen.

 


 

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