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Summary: How Joseph’s Brothers Were Changed

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NO ORDINARY JOE

Lesson Three: Conviction

“Joseph Takes a Chance” (Genesis 41:53-44:34)

— How Joseph’s Brothers Were Changed —

I. FIRST THEY WERE BURDENED (GEN 41:53-43:38)

A. By a Predicted Famine (41:53-57)

1. It was severe

2. It was significant

B. By a Profound Fact (42:1-5)

C. By a Prophetic Fulfillment (42:6)

D. By a Pointing Finger (42:7-22)

E. By a Paralyzing Find (42:23-28)

F. By a Plaintive Father (42:29-38)

II. FINALLY THEY WERE BROKEN (GEN 43:1-44:34)

A. By a Pragmatic Fatalism (43:1-15)

B. By a Puzzling Favoritism (43:16-34)

1. An undeserved feast (vv. 16-17)

2. An unconcealed fear (v. 18)

3. An unexplained find (vv. 19-24)

4. An understandable formality (vv. 25-28)

5. An unrevealed feeling (vv. 29-32)

6. An uncanny familiarity (vv. 32-33)

7. An unusual favor (v. 34a)

8. An unrestricted fellowship (v. 34b)

C. By a Prearranged Finale (44:1-34)

1. A conspiracy (44:1-3)

2. A confrontation (44:4-15)

3. A confession (44:16-34)


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