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Joseph in prison

Joseph is falsely accused and put in jail.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Genesis 39:1-2 (NASB) – Slide 1
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, ‘Lie with me.’ But he refused... As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Genesis 39:6b-8a,10 (NASB) – Slide 2
Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. She caught him by his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me!’ And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. Genesis 39:11-12 (NASB) – Slide 3
Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, ‘This is what your slave did to me,’ his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. Genesis 39:19-20 (NASB) – Slide 4
The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that, whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. Genesis 39:22-23 (NASB) – Slide 5
Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials: the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them...in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned. Genesis 40:1-3 (NASB) – Slide 6
So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, ‘In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me; and on the vine were three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, and its clusters produced ripe grapes. Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.’ Genesis 40:9-11 (NASB). – Slide 7
Then Joseph said to him, ‘This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.’ Genesis 40:12-13 (NASB) – Slide 8
‘Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon.’ Genesis 40:14-15 (NASB) – Slide 9
When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favourably, he said to Joseph, ‘I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head; and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.’ Genesis 40:16-17 (NASB) – Slide 10
Then Joseph answered and said, ‘This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.’ Genesis 40:18-19 (NASB) – Slide 11
Everything came to pass just as Joseph told the cupbearer and the baker. The cupbearer returned to serve Pharaoh and forgot all about Joseph. Nothing changed for Joseph and he remained a prisoner for many days to come. (Genesis 40:20-23) – Slide 12
After two years Pharaoh had a dream. He was standing by the Nile. From the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt. The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. (Genesis 41:1-4) – Slide 13
Pharaoh awoke. Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. Seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. Then seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them. The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke from the dream. (Genesis 41:5-7) – Slide 14
Pharaoh was very upset concerning the dreams. None of the Egyptian magicians could interpret the dream for Pharaoh. Then the chief cupbearer told Pharaoh how Joseph interpreted both his and the baker’s dreams. God spoke the correct interpretation of the dreams through Joseph. (Genesis 41:9-13) – Slide 15
Pharaoh called for Joseph to be brought to him. They prepared Joseph with a wash, new clothes and a shave. Pharaoh asked Joseph to interpret his dream. Joseph said, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer.' <br/>Then Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams. ‘In my dream, I was standing on the bank of the Nile and seven fat cows, came up out of the Nile to graze on the marsh grass. Then seven other cows came up after them, poor and very thin and gaunt. These thin cows ate up the first seven fat cows but remained as thin as they were before. Then I awoke. I saw also in my dream seven good and full ears of corn on a single stalk. Then seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them; and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.’ (Genesis 41:14-24) – Slide 16
Joseph replied, ‘God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do. The seven good cows and good ears are seven years of plenty. The seven lean cows and the seven thin ears indicate seven years of famine will follow. Let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise and set him over the land of Egypt. Food must be stored in the years of plenty to be used in the years of famine.’ Genesis 41:25-47 – Slide 17
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be become my second-in-command over all the land. Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen with the gold necklace around his neck. Now Joseph was thirty years old when this happened and during the seven years of plenty he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields in great abundance like the sand of the sea.’ Genesis 41:38-44 – Slide 18
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