Summary: 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 states: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Here comes that dreamer! They said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
John 16:33 “I told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”.
A victim is one that has suffered harm or who is tricked or swindled. Victory is overcoming an enemy or success in a struggle. Victorious is having won a victory.
2Corinthians 2:14 states: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.” Life is full of transition, changes and challenges but God is able. Religion is not reliable but relationship makes the difference.
Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s 12 sons and Rachel’s first born. He was loved most by his father and therefore he gave him a long coat of many colors. He tended flock with his brothers but would report back to his father what his brothers were not doing. This environment created hatred by his brothers toward him they would not even speak a kind word to him. At the age of 17, Joseph had two dreams: 1st dream Joseph and his brothers gathered bundles of grain. Then all of the grain bundles that had been prepared by the brothers gathered around Joseph bundled and bowed down to it. 2nd the sun (father), and the moon (mother) and eleven stars (brothers) bowed down to Joseph himself (even his father rebuked him) but kept the dream in mind. Everybody won’t appreciate our purpose or vision. Be careful who you share your vision with everybody won’t understand where God is taking you. Stop trying to conform to what is expected instead conform to where you are being directed.
Joseph half- brothers hated him for his dreams and referred to him as the dreamer. While feeding the flocks the brothers saw Joseph from a distance and plotted to kill him. The eldest brother Reuben did not want to kill Joseph. He suggested that they throw him in an empty water hole know as a cistern until they figured out what to do with him. They stripped of his coat and threw him in the Cistern. The favor of God did not reside with the coat. Sometimes people think that you trust God because of what you have or what you do…..if she didn’t have that house or drive that car or that job. They cannot comprehend how deep the love flows. Romans 8:35&37 states: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
The word tells us that as Joseph sat in the cistern his brothers ate. You can be going through a valley experience and it seems as if the haters are enjoying life with no remorse or conscience as to your situation. Eventually Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who were heading to Egypt. They did not even know that they were giving him a lift toward his destiny. They were inadvertently participating in his destiny, his purpose. He needed to be in Egypt, that where his destiny was calling him to be. You might need to thank the haters, and the doubters for the boost toward your purpose.
Joseph was sold to serve Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. While he was serving in Potiphar’s household, God was with Joseph so that he prospered in everything he did and found favor to become Potiphar’s personal servant. The blessing of God was on everything Potiphar had because of Joseph. Joseph was promoted to oversee Potiphar’s entire household.
The word said that Joseph was well built and handsome. After some time Potiphar’s wife began to desire Joseph and sought to have an affair with him. Despite her persistence, he refused. After some days she grabbed him by his cloak, but he escaped leaving his garment behind. Don’t get caught up in people, places and things. Don’t let anything hold up your purpose. She took his garment and made false claims which resulted in Joseph being thrown into prison. Joseph was strategically being moved into a position of victory and authority.
Joseph’s vision and purpose was bigger than Potiphar’s house
Even in the prison the warden puts Joseph in charge of the other prisoners. He came in contact with Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer and chief baker in prison. The bible tells us that they both had dreams that Joseph interpret. Joseph said in three days the chief cupbearer would be reinstated but the chief baker would be hanged. When it came to pass, he requested that the cupbearer to mention him to Pharaoh and secure his release from prison. The cup bearer was reinstalled in office forget to mention Joseph. Joseph spent 2 more years in prison before the cupbearer remembered Joseph and spoke of his skills to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine. Joseph advised Pharaoh to store surplus grain during years of abundance. Pharaoh released him and put him in charge of all of the land of Egypt. Pharaoh took his Signet ring and put it on Joseph’s hand, then clothed him in fine linen and put a gold necklace around his neck. Joseph was very successful and had the opportunity of reuniting with his brothers and father.