In chapter five we read the story of Joseph – a great story showing us that God sees the big picture! Due to the length of Joseph’s story, I did not include a condensed scripture commentary in this review. Instead, I strongly encourage you to click the Bible Gateway link below to read through the entire story.
Joseph’s Dream – Genesis 37:1-17
The Plot Against Joseph – Genesis 37:18-36
Judah & Tamar – Genesis 38
Joseph’s Success In Egypt – Genesis 39:1-18
Joseph Imprisoned – Genesis 39:19-23
Joseph Interprets A Dream – Genesis 40:1-23
Pharaoh’s Dream – Genesis 41:1-13
Joseph Interprets – Genesis 41:14-37
Jospeh Is Made Ruler Of Eygpt – Genesis 41:38-49
The Sons Of Joseph – Genesis 41:50-57
Joseph’s Brothers Sent To Egypt – Genesis 42:1-28
Simeon Is Held Hostage – Genesis 42:29-38
The Return To Egypt – Genesis 43:1-15
Jospeh sees Benjamin – Genesis 43:16-34
The Brothers Are Brought Back – Genesis 44:1-34
Jospeh Deals Kindly With His Brothers – Gen. 45:1-28
Jacob Moves To Egypt – Genesis 46:1-7
Those Who Came Egypt – Genesis 46:8-34
Jacob’s Family Settles In Goshen – Genesis 47:1-19
Result Of The Famine – Genesis 47:20-31
Israel’s Last Days – Genesis 48:1-22
Israel’s Prophecy Concerning His Sons – Gen. 49:1-33
The Death Of Isreal – Genesis 50:1-11
Burial At Machpelah – Genesis 50:12-21
Death Of Joseph – Genesis 50:22-26
Chapter Five focus point – God is already there.
“God can raise up friends for his people, even among their enemies; for he has all hearts in his hands.” – Matthew Henry’s commentary from Bible Gateway.
Joseph knows about trials and suffering. His God-given dreams were mocked, criticized, and even created tension in his family. Driven by envy and fueled by hate, his brothers concocted a murder/cover-up plot but in the end sold Joseph into slavery at the age of 17. Joseph thrived in slavery but later was falsely accused by his master’s wife and thrown in prison for two years! By the time Joseph was 30, he had spent 13 years of his life in slavery and/or prison but through it all he never lost an ounce of passion for God.
Joseph also knows about triumph and success. Although he was highly favored and blessed by God, Joseph didn’t abuse or take advantage of his God-given power. Joseph continually chose to do the Will of God. He chose moral righteousness because he knew that even when no one else was looking, God always was. He showed obedience to his God-given gifts and talents. He was destined for greatness and created for a purpose – his God-given ability to interpret dreams spared the Isrealite nation during the seven year famine. Joseph was made ruler – named number two – in command over all of Eygpt. He was a man of great moral character, Joseph even forgave and reconciled his with family.
When you examine Joseph’s life from A to Z an unlikely pattern begins to emerge. A pattern where no matter how many wrong pieces are sewn together, no matter how messed up or completely askew the piece becomes, it’s ALWAYS on track for God’s perfect end result.
Friends, we are truly blessed to have these amazing Bible stories as examples of hope and encouragement!
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Nothing is a surprise to God – He knows all!
Let’s answer some questions from what we have reviewed thus far – the below list is a mix of questions from the Bible study and some of my own.
1. Take a few minutes to think about the Spiritual gifts, visions, and dreams God has given you. Then, answer the questions below.
Are you obedient to the dreams and visions He’s placed in your heart?
Do you conduct your Spiritual gifts according to His Will?
Do you chose moral righteousness? Even when no one else is looking?
Are you yielding every aspect of your life to God?
By what standard are you living – Christlikeness or worldliness?
2. Do you have siblings or big-dreaming friends, can you relate to how Joseph’s brothers felt when they heard his dreams?
4. People talk about the importance of starting and finishing strong but I want you to know that the middle is just as important. We spend most of our time/lives in the middle preparing our character and growing in Spirit. The below diagram represents a journey – where do you see yourself today?
A | —》BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY —》| Z
Dream —》Trials/suffering —》Triumph/Success
Test —》faithful/determined/diligent —》Testimony
There are a whole lot of letters in between A and Z – a days journey or a lifetime adventure – do you have the Spiritual appetite (Deuteronomy 4:29, Proverbs 8:17, 1 Chronicles 16:11, Lamentations 3:25, Psalm 119:10), endurance (Hebrews 10:36, Matthew 24:13), and perseverance (Romans 2:7, Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:25, Romans 15:5) to get from the start to the finish? What about doing so in moral righteousness?
Digging Deeper: read and reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21. Do you understand the magnitude of this passage? What does God promise in this verse? How do you find encouragement in His promise? How can you use this verse to strengthen your faith and trust in God? Knowing we serve an immeasurable God is comforting, He is not limited by plans, side-steps, detours, or concoctions of any kind.
We can trust Him in everything.
Bonus Activity: Do you know someone who has given up on their God-given dreams? Spend some time encouraging them to reconsider a fresh commitment to fullfill God’s Will and purpose for their life. Don’t miss an opportunity to offer an encouraging word or a helping hand to a friend in need. If you are the one who lost sight of your God-given dream, step outside of yourself for a minute. How would you help a friend in this situation? Take your own advice and rekindle your passion for God’s Will and purpose in your life.
I hope you enjoyed chapter five 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love your hear reflections about Joseph’s story, your responses to the questions, and any overall feedback about this chapter review. The goal and purpose of this study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.
God bless you.
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory