The story of Joseph in Genesis 37-46 we learn of Joseph’s rise from a position with little promise of his ever gaining prominence to the pinnacle of power in ancient Egypt. This ascension as a whole gives us a glimpse of God’s order in the world, but the details of the story each provide evidence that God is the sole proprietor of order and justice. Joseph, the youngest of twelve sons, is provided with a prophecy of his future greatness which he tells his brothers: “behold we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose...your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf...and behold the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” This is the first indication that God is at work defining and orchestrating events in the world. When Joseph’s brothers later decide to sell him into slavery, they are attempting to circumvent God’s will to prevent Joseph from ruling over them. They are not able to understand that Joseph is the only one of them who is capable of saving them from a future drought. God continues to work to carry out His will when Joseph goes to... [continues]
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