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Adventures of Joseph
—And his faithfulness

Time —1. Promises to Abraham
Books —Genesis
Figures —Abraham Isaac Jacob
Begins with —God's call to Abram
Ends with —Jacob's family settling in Egypt

The time of the promises to Abraham spans the generations of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It also includes the marvelous story and time of Jacob's son Joseph.

1 From Slave to Prince

The time of the promises draws to a close when one of Jacob's sons, Joseph, is sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt.

When they did this, they did not realise that they themselves would later settle in that land.

Furthermore, and their own great grandchildren would become slaves there after Joseph's death.

Joseph's bondage in Egypt was a kind of figure of the bondage that his family was going to suffer some three generations down the track.

The time of the promises ends where the book of Genesis ends. The children of Israel settle in Goshen, with Joseph as their ruler —indeed he is ruler of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh.

"So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years". He saw his great grandchildren before he died.

2 Bible Summary (Genesis 35-50)

"I am dying," Joseph told the family, "but God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land to the land of which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" (Genesis 50:24-26).

3 The Main Point

Behind Joseph's story is the faith that he showed in God by his determination to do what was right.

Joseph may have found this a most difficult course at times. Joseph certainly experienced many ups and downs. But he always clung to the promises and commandments of God.

4 Joseph's relatives

Joseph was...

5 Joseph's Ups and Downs



Our lives have their ups and downs too. Never forget God, whether you are up on top or down at rock bottom. Sometimes we have adversity even when we do good. God is always guiding us, even when things seem blackest. We can react to adversity with wisdom, faith, hope, and love, just as Joseph did. God will not forsake us. Trust at all times in his good promises.


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