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JOSEPH; A FAITH GIANT

We started this series by discussing some great men of faith in the bible. We’ve already looked at the life of Abraham and Moses. In this episode, we shall be discussing another faith giant – Joseph as portrayed in the third chapter of the book, Bible Giants of Faith.

Joseph was one of Jacob’s 12 sons. His mother, Rachael was Jacob’s favorite; unfortunately, she died young, and Jacob transferred his affection to her children. Therefore, he loved Joseph dearly and made him a cloth of many colors.

The book, Bible Giants of Faith describes his father’s affections towards him in details. This only made his brothers hate him so much.

The boy Joseph, had a dream that he would become the leader of their family. He naively informed his brothers of his dream. This increased their hatred towards him, and they sold him to slavery.

As if this wasn’t enough, the Ishmaelites, who bought him from his brothers, sold him again to Egypt as a slave. But little did they know that God’s grace upon him could not be sold off to slavery. He ended up in Potiphar’s house, an officer of King Pharaoh.

Potiphar soon realized how gifted the boy was and made him the chief servant of his house.

Joseph Flee Fornication

The book, “Bible Giants of Faith” shows us that things were starting to go on well with Joseph until Potiphar’s wife started developing an interest in him and wanted him to be her lover. She asked him to sleep with her, but he refused.

She kept on disturbing him, and one day, while Joseph was performing his housekeeping duty, Potiphar’s wife held his clothes and told him to come and lay with her.

Even though no one was there to see them, Joseph feared God so much that he said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9 KJV).

Look at that statement. He didn’t say “…and sin against my master, Potiphar”. Joseph feared God that much. He was able to escape the scene, but the woman seized his cloth and falsely accused that he was attempting to rape her.

The situation landed Joseph in prison, but the grace of God upon him and his talent showed forth again. The chief prison guard handed over the affairs of the prison to his care.

God’s Plan Never Fails!

One day, king Pharaoh had a dream that worried him, but none of his soothsayers and wise men could interpret the dream. The chief cupbearer, having heard of this, remembered Joseph and how he interpreted his own dream that brought forth his restoration to the palace.

Pharaoh summoned Joseph to the palace to interpret his dream. Joseph was able to interpret the dream as God gave him the secret.

Long story short, all lands lacked food supply except Egypt, where people had anticipated and prepared for the famine as Joseph recommended.

The king rewarded him with the position of Egypt prime minister. Pharaoh said, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word, no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt” (Gen. 41:44 NIV).

The situation made people, far and near, come to buy food in Egypt.

Joseph’s brothers also came. They were afraid because they thought he would avenge their wickedness, but he told them he’d forgiven them. This made them bow to him and acknowledged him as their leader, which was in line with the dream that he had had several years before that his brothers would someday bow down to him.

Some Important Lessons from Joseph

Christians must demonstrate courage to trust in God’s promises, especially when it seems difficult to do so.

We must believe the promises of God and be confident that he is able to do all things. We must believe God even when other people have lost hope.

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The Ancient Houses of Egypt – (eBook)

A sweeping and poetic telling of the poignant biblical stories of how the Israelites came to be under the yoke of the Egyptians and how they were freed from slavery by Moses. 

In a script-like format that can be read aloud in groups, The Ancient Houses of Egypt presents the tales of two central Old Testament characters. First, we weave the story of Joseph, with his many-colored coat, his brothers’ treachery and his bondage and ascension to glory. Then, we move to the saga of Moses, with his mother’s sacrifice, his rise to power, his struggle with and acceptance of his lineage and the deliverance of his people. 

This retelling reworks these familiar stories to focus on Joseph and Moses’ devotion, faith and obedience to God in the face of scorn, mockery and threat of death; their steadfast belief and willingness to obey brought God to their people and their people to freedom and prosperity.

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The Ancient Houses of Egypt – (Paperback)

A sweeping and poetic telling of the poignant biblical stories of how the Israelites came to be under the yoke of the Egyptians and how they were freed from slavery by Moses. 

In a script-like format that can be read aloud in groups, The Ancient Houses of Egypt presents the tales of two central Old Testament characters. First, we weave the story of Joseph, with his many-colored coat, his brothers’ treachery and his bondage and ascension to glory. Then, we move to the saga of Moses, with his mother’s sacrifice, his rise to power, his struggle with and acceptance of his lineage and the deliverance of his people. 

This retelling reworks these familiar stories to focus on Joseph and Moses’ devotion, faith and obedience to God in the face of scorn, mockery and threat of death; their steadfast belief and willingness to obey brought God to their people and their people to freedom and prosperity.

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GOD HATES JEALOUSY; STAY AWAY FROM IT – Genesis

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All Christians Must Do Away With Jealousy And Live A Life Void Of It

Joseph had a special dream that God had planned to make him the leader of his father’s house. He shared his dream with his family in innocence, with the hope that everyone will applaud, accept, and help him achieve his dreams. He was wrong. His brothers became jealous and hated him. They were willing to do everything possible to stop his dream from actualizing.

Joseph’s brothers conspired to kill him but later sold him to slavery. The scriptures reported Joseph’s brothers actions,

“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come, therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” … “And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt” (Genesis 37:18-20; Genesis 37:25-28).

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Jealousy Can Make Us Lose God’s Blessings

A good Christian is expected to be selfless and not be jealous of other people’s achievements. As Christians, we must be satisfied with whatever we have. We must be contented and trust that God will meet our needs. Believers must be sensitive to any element of jealousy and ensure to immediately uproot its influence before it gets out of hand. Jealousy will make a person lose sight of any effort that can benefit him, and focus on other people’s dream, wealth, and/or ambition.

Meanwhile, an act of jealousy is a sin against God (Exodus 20:17). It is, therefore, important that Christians choose to live a selfless lifestyle. Any Christian who exercises godliness and refuse to entertain jealousy will be blessed by God. The person will have more reasons to maintain his godly attitude.


Satan can manipulate anyone through jealousy and we can see this in Joseph’s story. Spend some minutes daily thinking about what you have and thank God for it. God will continue to help you!

Prayer For God’s Grace To Be Humble

Dear God, please keep me humble to appreciate your grace and goodness in my life. Do not let me be jealous of others. Don’t let me entertain selfish thoughts, or engage in an action that can negatively affect other people’s progress. Let me be an agent of positive change in people’s lives so that your name can be praised! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God Hates Jealousy; Stay Away From It

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