“As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day” (Genesis 50:20 Amplified).
Jacob, son of Isaac, renamed Israel by God, had twelve sons “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a [distinctive] long tunic with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved [Joseph] more than all of his brothers, they hated him" (Genesis 37:3-4 Amp).
Prematurely, Joseph revealed 'God-given' dreams to his family and they reacted disdainfully. Adding rage to hatred, Joseph's brothers conspired murder, but sold him to traveling merchants instead. Eventually, the young dreamer became property of an Egyptian official named Potiphar.
Leaving his cherished homeland Canaan, his mother Rachel's dying and the possibility of never seeing his father again must have been too sorrowful for Joseph. Only seventeen, he surely struggled making connection between the two marvelous destiny-dreams and residing in a foreign pagan nation.
Testings came to Joseph both inwardly and outwardly. Seductively, Potiphar's lustful wife harassed Joseph day after lonely day; yet, he answered, "How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9 NKJV).
Protecting him in the comfortable plush palace and a dark dank prison, God remained faithful "Moreover, He [God] called for a famine upon the land [of Egypt]; He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant. His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron, until his word [to his cruel] brothers came true, until the word of the Lord tried and tested him" (Psalms 105:16-19 Amp).
Sorely tested, tried, falsely accused and forgotten, Joseph believed God (Genesis 40).
By divine providence, these torturous miseries prepared him for the deliverance of many lives including his birth family. Foreshadowing glimpses of Jesus displayed in Prince Joseph---saving, forgiving and preserving God’s creation.
When life’s unbearable, Love keeps us kind.
Yes, Love keeps us kind.
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