The story of Israel’s son Joseph begins in the thirty seventh chapter of Genesis, and continues through the end of the book. It is a familiar story: Joseph’s brothers sell him to some traders, who bring him to Egypt and sell him as a slave; he rises to be the head of his master’s house, but his master’s wife falsely accuses him, so he is thrown in prison; in prison, he demonstrates his God-given ability to interpret dreams, by interpreting for Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker; two years later, the chief butler remembers Joseph, and commends him to Pharaoh, who has had a dream which his wise men are unable to interpret; Pharaoh sends for Joseph, who interprets his dream correctly – there will be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine; Pharaoh places Joseph in authority over all Egypt, excepting only himself; when famine comes, and Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food, Pharaoh hears of it:
- And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your beasts and depart; go to the land of Canaan. Bring your father and your households and come to me; and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land'” (Genesis 45:17,18).
Thus, Israel and his twelve sons and their families came into Egypt as the honored guests of Pharaoh. But this blessed state was not to last forever. Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: Delivered from Slavery