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Summary: But it won’t be easy and definitely not predictable. Hang on—it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Joseph and for us.

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Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

29 Dec 2013

Gen 37:1-2

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A Hero Rises

• Series Intro:

• Pages/Bibles/filled/stories/hundreds/men/women.

• Nearly every story contains one common thread.

• Whether/character/king/peasant/prophet/general

• a fisherman or a preacher

• Nearly every person/Bible/his/her dark side revealed.

Noah got drunk.

• Abraham/Isaac/Jacob/lied to save their own hides.

• Moses committed murder. David/guilty/adultery.

• Solomon was an idolater. Peter cursed and lied.

• John the Baptist doubted Jesus/list could go on and on.

• Pages/Bible/filled/sins/people mentioned on its pages.

Verses/today introduce us to a man named Joseph.

• Eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob. “Jehovah has added”

• lived 110 years/not a single sin attributed to this man

• endured trials/afflictions most cannot even imagine

• Nowhere does/Bible hint his faith in God waivered.

• He never seemed to get his eyes off the Lord.

Whether he was in the place of favor/father’s house or languishing/prison, he/same man.

• Hardship did not harden his heart.

• Riches and power did not corrupt him.

• Same man regardless/circumstances/he found himself.

• Joseph was truly a unique man!


Every event/life of Joseph, God/busy fulfilling Rom. 8:28.

• Joseph/man for all seasons.

Never grow tired/telling how Joseph’s brothers betrayed him

• gripping tale/attempted seduction by a wife/wandering eye

• sad saga of false accusation and unjust imprisonment

• long lonely nights Joseph spent in prison

• unlikely journey he took from prison to the palace

• how he put his brothers to the test

• How/end it all came out alright

• he said/brothers who betrayed him

“You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).


Joseph “a man for all seasons.” It seems like an apt title for a man who went through so many varied experiences.

• He was chosen and rejected.

• He was loved and hated.

• He was favored and abused.

• He was betrayed and rescued.

• He was promoted and imprisoned.

• He was tested and rewarded.

• He was slandered and praised.

• At no point did he ever take his eyes off the Lord.


• Adversity didn’t harden him.

• Prosperity didn’t ruin him.

• Temptation didn’t destroy him.

• Imprisonment didn’t embitter him.

• Promotion didn’t change him.

• He was a truly great man.


His Story in One Paragraph

• Favored son of his father Jacob.

• Enters/biblical history/17 yrs old.

Because his brothers hated him, he/sold/slave/taken to Egypt.

• After being falsely accused of rape

• Imprisoned with no hope of getting out.

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