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Genesis 40-50
He was able to thrive in this environment.
No amount of injustice or mistreatment could separate him from God's favor.
"Remember me on the outside; help me get out of here."
"There's a guy down in the dungeon who's pretty good at explaining the meaning of dreams."
Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him.
"I am your brother! I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?"
It’s not that we relate to him, as much as it is we aspire to be like him.
He even continued to thrive, as a slave and as a prisoner.
1. Joseph was willing to be a servant, even when life didn’t serve him well.
  • I’m here to make your life better.
  • He chose to look past his circumstances and look for an opportunity to serve.
  • "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant..." (Mark 10:43)
  • In the Christian life, we’re here for the kingdom.
2. He was willing to endure hardship if God’s purpose could be fulfilled.
  • God was able to ultimately use it for His glory, and for the good of the people of Israel.
  • You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)
  • Joseph continued to trust in God.
3. He was willing to let go of an offense and move forward in reconciliation.
  • He extended mercy.
  • And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
  • (Genesis 50:21)
  • For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • "Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you."
  • Joseph remained faithful and remained focused on his life's work.