What’s Missing in the Story

SERIES – Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace

Genesis 37 NLT

1      So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner.

2      This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.

3      Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe.

4      But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.

5      One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.

6      “Listen to this dream,” he said.

7      “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”

8      His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.

9      Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”

10    This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?”

11    But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.

12    Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem.

13    When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them.” “I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied.

14    “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me a report.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.

15    When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. “What are you looking for?” he asked.

16    “I’m looking for my brothers,” Joseph replied. “Do you know where they are pasturing their sheep?”

17    “Yes,” the man told him. “They have moved on from here, but I heard them say, ‘Let’s go on to Dothan.’” So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.

18    When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him.

19    “Here comes the dreamer!” they said.

20    “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

21    But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said.

22    “Why should we shed any blood? Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he’ll die without our laying a hand on him.” Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father.

23    So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing.

24    Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

25    Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.

26    Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? His blood would just give us a guilty conscience.

27    Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed.

28    So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.

29    Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the cistern. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in grief.

30    Then he went back to his brothers and lamented, “The boy is gone! What will I do now?”

31    Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood.

32    They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: “Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?”

33    Their father recognized it immediately. “Yes,” he said, “it is my son’s robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!”

34    Then Jacob tore his clothes and dressed himself in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long time.

35    His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “I will go to my grave mourning for my son,” he would say, and then he would weep.

36    Meanwhile, the Midianite traders arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.

2 Kings 6:13-17 NLT

13    “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.”

14    So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.

15    When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.

16    “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

17    Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

(Gen. 37:3)

Matthew 3:17 NLT – 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

(Gen. 37:3)

John 10:11-16 NLT11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

(Gen. 37:4-5)

John 7:5-7 NLT5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. 6 Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil.

Genesis 39:7-8 NLT7 and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. 8 But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household.

Hebrews 4:15 KJV – For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

(Gen. 37:28)

Matthew 26:15 NLT – and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.

Genesis 41:46 NLT – He was thirty years old when he began serving in the court of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh’s presence, he inspected the entire land of Egypt.

Luke 3:23 NLT – Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry. Jesus was known as the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Heli.

(Gen. 37:24)

John 19:41-42 NLT41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

(Gen. 37:31-35)

Luke 24:5 NLT – The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?

Genesis 41:41 NLT – Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”

Philippians 2:9-11 NLT9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Often in God’s providence, God uses a disappointment to get us an appointment.

Genesis 15:13-16 NLT13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. 14 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. 15 (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.) 16 After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”

(Gen. 37:1-3, 12-14)

Genesis 34:24-31 NLT24 So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised. 25 But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah’s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there, 26 including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp. 27 Meanwhile, the rest of Jacob’s sons arrived. Finding the men slaughtered, they plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there. 28 They seized all the flocks and herds and donkeys—everything they could lay their hands on, both inside the town and outside in the fields. 29 They looted all their wealth and plundered their houses. They also took all their little children and wives and led them away as captives. 30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!” 31 “But why should we let him treat our sister like a prostitute?” they retorted angrily.

(Gen. 37:3-4)

Genesis 33:1-4 MSG1 Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. He divided the children between Leah and Rachel and the two maidservants. 2 He put the maidservants out in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 He led the way and, as he approached his brother, bowed seven times, honoring his brother. 4 But Esau ran up and embraced him, held him tight and kissed him. And they both wept.

(Gen. 37:3-5)

Job 33:15-16 NLT15 “In a dream, for instance, a vision at night, when men and women are deep in sleep, fast asleep in their beds—16 God opens their ears and impresses them with warnings

(Gen. 37:8-17)

(Gen. 37:18-22)

Genesis 35:19, 22 NLT19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 22 While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it. These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob:

(Gen. 37:23)

Jeremiah 2:13 NLT – “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”

(Gen. 37:25-36)

James 3:16 NIV – For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:16 MSG – Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

Genesis 42:21 NLT – Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.”

Acts 7:9 NLT – These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him

Psalm 23:1-6 NLT1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

John 14:16 KJV – And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

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