- Joseph novella
- Genesis 39:1~ when Joseph arrived in Egypt with the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, a member of the personal staff of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was the captain of the palace guard. LORD was with Joseph and blessed him greatly as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. Joseph naturally became quite a favorite with him. Potiphar soon put Joseph in charge of his entire household and entrusted him with all his business dealings. the day Joseph was put in charge, the LORD began to bless Potiphar for Joseph's sake. All his household affairs began to run smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn't have a worry in the world, except to decide what he wanted to eat! Now Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man. about this time, Potiphar's wife began to desire him and invited him to sleep with her. Joseph refused. "Look," he told her, "my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God." kept putting pressure on him day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. day, however, no one else was around when he was doing his work inside the house. came and grabbed him by his shirt, demanding, "Sleep with me!" Joseph tore himself away, but as he did, his shirt came off. She was left holding it as he ran from the house. she saw that she had his shirt and that he had fled, began screaming. Soon all the men around the place came running. "My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to insult us!" she sobbed. "He tried to rape me, but I screamed. he heard my loud cries, he ran and left his shirt behind with me." kept the shirt with her, and when her husband came home that night, told him her story. "That Hebrew slave you've had around here tried to make a fool of me," she said. was saved only by my screams. He ran out, leaving his shirt behind!" hearing his wife's story, Potiphar was furious! took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king's prisoners were held. the LORD was with Joseph there, too, and he granted Joseph favor with the chief jailer. long, the jailer put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. chief jailer had no more worries after that, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him, making everything run smoothly and successfully.
- Genesis 37:1~17 Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived. is the history of Jacob's family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father's flocks with 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. Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day he gave Joseph a special gift--a beautiful robe. his brothers hated Joseph because of their father's partiality. They couldn't say a kind word to him. night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing them to hate him even more. to this dream," he announced. were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. My bundle stood up, and then your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before it!" you are going to be our king, are you?" his brothers taunted. And they hated him all the more for his dream and what he had said. Joseph had another dream and told his brothers about it. "Listen to this dream," he said. "The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!" time he told his father as well as his brothers, and his father rebuked him. "What do you mean?" his father asked. "Will your mother, your brothers, and I actually come and bow before you?" while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father gave it some thought and wondered what it all meant. after this, Joseph's brothers went to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem. they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, "Your brothers are over at Shechem with the flocks. I'm going to send you to them." "I'm ready to go," Joseph replied. and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along," Jacob said. "Then come back and bring me word." So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from his home in the valley of Hebron. he arrived there, a man noticed him wandering around the countryside. "What are you looking for?" he asked. my brothers and their flocks," Joseph replied. "Have you seen them?" the man told him, "but they are no longer here. I heard your brothers say they were going to Dothan." So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.