Joseph's Success in Egypt     





Genesis 39:1-5  Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.  (2)  The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  (3)  And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.  (4)  So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.  (5)  So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.


Genesis 39:23  The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.


Genesis 41:39-40  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.  (40)  You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."


1.  Joseph became successful in Egypt because God was with Joseph. 

2.  God blessed the Egyptian named Potiphar, Joseph’s master, because of Joseph.

3.   Joseph did the right thing but was still unfairly put in prison.  But God was with Joseph in prison and extended kindness to him.  Genesis 39:7-12, 20-21.

4.  Joseph served God even though he was a slave in prison.  Genesis 39:20; 40:8; 41:25-32.

5.  Joseph gave God the credit for his ability to interpret dreams.  Genesis 40:8; 41:16, 25, 28, 32.

6.  Pharaoh glorified God when he appointed Joseph as overseer of Egypt

7.  The Egyptians saved during a time of abundance so they would be prepared for a time of famine.  Genesis 41:35-36.

Here we have another example of God blessing what His people put their hand to. Just like the Jacob and Laban story, God blesses the Unbelieving Master for the efforts of the Believing Slave. I know that it doesn’t seem equitable but “the rules are the rules”, if you don’t own the field the harvest isn’t yours.