Joseph Pre-Egypt


Sun, May 02, 2021

Teacher: Yale Wall Series: Throwback to Genesis Scripture: Genesis 37:1-36

MAY 2, 2021

Throwback to Genesis


Joseph Pre-Egypt



These 12 sons ended up being the 12 tribes is Isreal that we see in Exodus following Moses and mentioned throughout the rest of scripture all the way to Jesus himself.

Genesis 37:1-11
1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.


5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

So, not only were his brothers bowing to him in his dream, but his parents were too. A little while later, Jacob sent Joseph out to get his brothers.


Genesis 37:18-22
18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.



Genesis 37:26-36
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
31 Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”


34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.


Joseph goes from the favorite son to being someone else’s property. From essential royalty among his people, to the lowest of the low in a new place. To top it all off, he gets sold again to one of Pharaoh’s men.


There is no question that God was preparing Joseph for some incredible things, but the way that Joseph went about all of this obviously leaves some things to be desired. When Joseph had these dreams, he told everyone! Most likely, he was being incredibly prideful and wanting everyone to know how great he was going to be.

The dreams really were from God, but I think he could have handled things very differently, and there’s nothing to say that being sold into slavery was the ONLY way for God’s will to happen. There were PLENTY of other options of how he could have handled it.

There is a huge difference between God 
making the best of a bad situation that we put ourselves in, and God sending us through hard things because that was His plan. Even if you know you are following God, you can do it in a brash, selfish, and prideful way. It’s not enough to just follow God, you need to do it in a Godly way.




Connection Card

  1. The next time God speaks something to me, I will respond in humility and not pride.

  2. I want God to redeem ____________ in me.

  3. I want to experience redemption by knowing Jesus for the first time.


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