God covenanted with Abraham to bring about a great nation. As this family grew, God revealed a great plan with an intentional placement of Joseph into the land of Egypt.
- Abraham fathers Isaac, and Isaac fathers Jacob and Esau (Gen. 25:21-28).
- God tells Isaac’s wife, Rebekah that “two nations are in your womb…the older shall serve the younger” (Gen. 25:23).
- While Esau is the older and rightful heir to the inheritance, Jacob uses trickery to take it from his brother (birthright from his brother [Gen. 25:29], and blessing from his father, Isaac [Gen. 27:18-29]).
- Due to his deceit, he is on the run from his family (Gen. 27:41-45).
- Jacob’s name is turned to Israel after wrestling with God (Gen. 32:22-32).
- Jacob’s Family:
- Leah: Reuben (1), Simeon (2), Levi (3), Judah (4), Issachar (9), Zebulun (10), Dinah (Daughter)
- Rachel: Joseph (11), Benjamin (12)
- Bilhah (Rachel’s servant): Dan (5), Naphtali (6)
- Zilpah (Leah’s servant): Gad (7), Asher (8)
The Placement of Joseph
- Joseph’s dreams get him into trouble with his brothers (Gen. 37:1-11).
- Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers which places him in the most powerful nation in the world, Egypt (Gen. 37:12-30).
- Joseph keeps integrity when tempted by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39).
- In jail, Joseph is able to interpret dreams, and eventually, that news gets to Pharaoh.
- He is placed second in charge of the most powerful nation in the world.
- Through his placement, Israel moves into Egypt.
- At his death, Israel blesses all his sons (Genesis 49).
The Example of Joseph
- Joseph forgave his brothers for the horrible crimes they committed against him.
- He accepted his role in allowing harm to come to himself for the benefit of others (Gen. 50:20).
- Joseph foreshadows another innocent sufferer whose suffering would bring salvation to others.
- Judah foreshadows another willing substitute who will set free a brother due to the love of his father.