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Summary: Egypt served as an incubator to develop a new, special nation with its own identity that would replace the evil nation of Canaan and become the center of God’s program for the universe.

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The Egyptian Incubator

(Genesis 37-50)

Begin sermon by showing video segment chapter1 (0-3:44) from the DVD, "The Exodus Revealed"

Note: I downloaded photos of the Pharaoh’s mentioned below via the internet (for projection)...

Main Idea: Egypt served as an incubator to develop a new, special nation with its own identity that would replace the evil nation of Canaan and become the center of God’s program for the universe.

I. God Moves Israel into EGYPT (Genesis 37-50)

A. God’s PROMISE to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Genesis 12:1-3, "The LORD had said to Abram, ’Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’"

B. God’s PURPOSES for Israel

C. The steps to move the INFANT NATION

1. Joseph born to Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachael, and spoiled

2. Has prophetic dreams about the future, interpreted as egotistical

3. God has a plan to "unspoil" him and develop a super leader

4. Sold into slavery by his brothers, coat sprinkled with animal blood

5. Joseph serves as a servant to Potiphar, rises to position of trust

6. Falsely accused, ends up in prison, rises to leadership again

7. Interprets dreams of Cupbearer and Baker while in prison

8. Pharaoh has dream, Joseph interprets – 7 years of plenty, 7 of famine

9. But Joseph also has a plan; that’s what makes a strong leader…a plan…

10. Pharaoh recognizes God working in Joseph; turn to Genesis 41:38

11. Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, except for the Pharaoh; the Egyptian kings did not typically have a "Grand Vizier;" this fact will come into play next week when we try to connect him to Imhotep.

12. Notice how the Egyptian government (Pharaoh) became more powerful than ever -- Genesis 47:13-21, 23-27

13. Joseph saved the lives of millions of people, and God bless Pharaoh because Pharaoh blessed the descendents of Abraham!

13. Tough to pin down Pharaoh at time); dating based on date for first dynasty, and Egyptologists differ by 900 years as to when that began!

14. Best guess, 12th dynasty:

Senusret II (Sesostris II) — 1897–1878

• Joseph either begins being Grand Vizier during the era of Senusret I or Senruset II

Senusret III (Sesostris III) Most powerful of Middle Kingdom pharaohs. 1878–1860

The Twelfth Dynasty ruled from 1991 to 1802 BC, and is considered by later Egyptians to have been their greatest dynasty.

Name Comments Possible Dates *

dates are B.C.

Amenemhat I First pharaoh to open trade outside Egypt. 1991–1962

Senusret I (Sesostris I) — 1971–1926

Amenemhat II — 1929–1895

Senusret II (Sesostris II) — 1897–1878

• Joseph either begins being Grand Vizier during the era of Senusret II or Senruset III

Senusret III (Sesostris III) Most powerful of Middle Kingdom pharaohs. 1878–1860

Amenemhat III — 1860–1815

Amenemhat IV co-regency lasting at least 1 year 1815–1807


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