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Read Genesis 37:12–36 Introduction In the opening verses of Genesis 37 we are given a glimpse into the attitudes that lived in the household of aging Jacob. He has children from four different women, two wives and two maidservants. But Jacob loves the firstborn of his beloved wife Rachel, and he does not hide that […]

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Read Genesis 40 Introduction Joseph escaped death from his brothers when in the pit earlier, and he has escaped death with the false accusation of Potiphar’s wife. God’s presence has certainly blessed him, and not just with barely escaping death. He had positively prospered in Potiphar’s house, and he prospers again in prison. But we […]

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Read Genesis 41:1–36 Introduction Joseph had received revelation and understanding from God for the dreams of the chief cupbearer and the chief butler. Joseph wants out of prison, and he asks the cupbearer to take his appeal to Pharaoh himself. But nothing happens for two full years. God is with Joseph, it is true, but […]

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Read Genesis 41:37–57 Introduction The transition for Joseph in one day is breathtaking. One moment he is still in the royal dungeon of Egypt, and then next moment he is being rushed to get cleaned up and properly clothed in order to stand before Pharaoh. God’s timing is not always personally comfortable, but His timing […]

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Read Genesis 42:1–28 Introduction The famine strikes Egypt just as the dreams had indicated and just as Joseph had said.  God had sent the dreams, gave Joseph the interpreta­tion, and sent the famine, thus con­firming Joseph in his role as a kind of prophet in Egypt.  God had raised him from the pit of prison […]

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Read Genesis 42:29–38 Introduction The first audience of the ten brothers with Joseph did not go smoothly at all. It almost certainly did not occur to them as they had entered Egypt that they would be singled out and ac­cused of being spies, held in custody, with Simeon arrested before they are permitted to return […]

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Read Genesis 43 Introduction In Genesis 42 the sons of Jacob go to Egypt for food since the famine has hit Canaan very hard. Joseph recognizes them, and he recalls the message of his dreams.  He initiates a process of testing his brothers by accusing them of being spies, imprisoning them for three days, but […]

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