How could this happen to me?

Presented by: Pastor Tim on July 5, 2017.

Even though Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, he lived free from the deadly trap of offense against them.

Genesis 50:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

There are many life lessons to be learned from the story of Joseph who suffered such injustices from his own brothers and was thrown into the pit. He was sold into slavery and rose to become prime minister of all of Egypt. He was genuinely wounded and could have reason to harbor offense against them. We will review briefly the life of Joseph as described in Genesis chapters 37-50.

When Joseph told his two dreams to his family, his brothers were envious and despised him. He was the favorite son and was given a coat of many colors by his father. They conspired to kill him and threw him into a pit and left him to die. But Judah suggested they sell him into slavery and bring back his coat of many colors with blood on it to suggest he was killed by a wild animal.

Joseph’s brothers did worse than kill him. They blotted his name out and stripped him of his identity. He was effectively erased out of existence. He would remain a slave for life and his wife and family would also be slaves.

It would have been hard to have been born a slave. But it was indescribably worse to be born as an heir of wealth with a great future only to have it stripped away. Right there is the scheme of the enemy — to strip away your inheritance to keep you from gaining what the father had.