The touching story of Joseph inspires, as he transitions from father’s pet to second most powerful person in the world. As God is with him throughout, what looks like the end of the game, triggers his rise to fame.
In this journey...
- Understand God’s training ground for top leaders
- Learn from the qualities of Joseph on how to win in adversity
Joseph – Unwavering Faith
- From Pet
- To Pit
- To Potiphar
- To Prison
- To Palace
Note: Reference Material is available in the notes section of the attached powerpoint presentation
- Clearly the beloved of his parents.
- Given the birthright by his father with a special long sleeved coat
- Given dreams of leadership which he shared.
- Donning the coat daily, rather than the traditional yearly occasion of his birthday. 
These triggered jealousy among his brothers
- His pleas for mercy in the pit his brothers threw him in, went unheard
- Eventually he was sold by his brothers to slave traders
- The father thought he was dead and family considered him as good as dead.
- What kind of person was Joseph as a kid?
- How did Joseph feel when suddenly torn from love, admiration to hostility and uncertainty?
- From spoilt kid to slavery! What struggles would Joseph have gone through?
- What was the end result? …James 1:2-4
Joseph's 200 mile journey to Egypt
The Lord was with Joseph – in Potiphar’s House
Gen 39: 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.
- Faithful to his duties as a slave
- Blessed by God – rose to position of head of all servants
- Entrusted with everything by Potiphar
- Seduced by Potiphar’s wife
- Thrown to prison for no fault of his
- Captain of the king’s guard (Genesis 37:36)
- History has it that this role included running the prison where Joseph continued to enjoy Potiphar’s favour.
ISIS and OSIRIS
A twist to the tale .One year, as per Egyptian tradition:
- Potiphar’s wife, as the most beautiful woman in Egypt was chosen to be Isis.
- She chose Joseph to be her Osiris.
- Egyptians look for a child from the yearly Isis and Osisris for fertility in their land.
- Joseph instead of giving in to a legitimate temptation in Egyptian tradition, chooses God and goes AWOL during the set period.
- After the period was over Joseph returns to work and Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him hoping to still get the child the Egyptians were looking for.
- Historically, Potiphar may have initially misunderstood but eventually knows and respects Joseph’s position.
Dr. Ron Charles
Adam vs. Joseph’s Temptation
Adam was given everything
Joseph was stripped of everything
The fundamental temptation was same
Lust of flesh, lust of eyes, pride of life.
Adam enjoyed God’s presence
So did Joseph
Adam would lose everything by giving in
Joseph could lose everything by not giving in
Adam avoided God
Joseph accounted to God
Adam lost from a position of strength
Joseph temporarily appeared to have lost but eventually won from a position of weakness
The Lord was with Joseph In Prison
Genesis 39:20b But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
- God continues to be with Joseph
- Joseph is favoured and runs the prison
- Joseph interprets dreams
- Joseph is left for years
- He is eventually called by pharoah to interpret pharoah’s dream
Every year, one of the king’s prisoners would be selected as a human sacrifice, dressed (as Joseph was) and sent to Pharoah prior to be sacrificed. Joseph himself was responsibile for choosing and preparing the prisoner.
The journey to Pharoah could have been a long, uncertain one for Joseph as he didn’t know why he was being called. 
The Lord was with Joseph – in the Palace
In the palace, Joseph:
- Interprets dreams
- Is made 2nd to Pharoah
- Saves Egypt
- Saves his family from famine
- Forgives his family
- Starts a new life
- Gives his family a new life in Egypt
Genesis 41:38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
- What stages did Joseph go through in God’s crucible of leadership before he was ready to be the second most powerful person in the world?
- What lessons do we learn from Joseph’s life?
Joseph in God’s Crucible
In tough times we see in Joseph,
- Perseverance through trials
- Patience in stagnation
- Purity in everything
- Presence of God in everything
- Pride cleansed
Joseph in God’s Crucible
In good times Joseph:
- Forgot: Genesis 41:51
“It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.“
- Was Fruitful: Genesis 41:52
“It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.
- “Forgave: Genesis 50:20
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.”
Role Play (for youth)
Enact scenarios of Joseph in today’s scenario. What are various cultural traps a youngster can fall into and how to avoid them.
1. Dr. Ron Charles