God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for his own glory. (EFCA Statement of Faith, Article 1)
Joseph was a critical part of this plan, though he probably didn't think things were going very well for about 12 years. As a matter of fact, from his standpoint, things couldn't have gone worse: sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of rape, stuck in a prison for years, even after he had done a major favor for a man who had direct access to Pharoah.
But all the things that had been happening to Joseph, both good and bad, were preparations for what God was about to do.
And next thing he knew, one of Joseph's dreams had come true: the brothers who hated him and vowed they would never bow to him as his dream foretold, found themselves bowing to the second most powerful man in all of Egypt...their brother Joseph, who looked every bit the Egyptian he pretended to be in their presence.
Suddenly things started to look really bad for the brothers, and for their father, Jacob: "Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!" (Genesis 42:36 NLT).
To be continued...
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