Bible Study Lesson about Joseph from Genesis 45:1-28 

Joseph Tells AllThings sometimes happen which we just don’t understand. Is it the work of God?

When God wants our attention He can do things to interrupt our lives in order to bring us closer to His will.

As we see in the 45th chapter of Genesis, God is working in the life of Joseph.

At the same time, He is at work with Jacob, Judah, Benjamin and his other brothers.

This study lesson from the Bible shows a reasoning in God’s thinking we do not always see.

Joseph Makes Himself Known to His Brothers – God Sent Joseph to Egypt

Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.”

So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?”

But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer.

And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.

Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.

God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. – Genesis 45:1-8 NASB

One Person at a Time ..

All throughout the Bible God uses hundreds of different people and situations to do His will.

But, if you notice, He almost always works with one individual at a time and they, in turn influence others.

The Selling of Joseph was in God’s Plan

This story about Joseph in Genesis is no different. The brothers thought they were selling Joseph into slavery because they wanted to rid themselves of him.

But, in reality Joseph was sent to Egypt by God to oversee the famine which was going to happen.

As a dream interpreter Joseph became valuable to the Pharaoh and to the country of Egypt.

Why Do Things Happen?

Many times, things that happen in this world happen for a reason.

Even though we do not understand many of the “unjust” situations which happen in our lives, or the way we are sometimes treated by others, God has a plan to use that situation for His good.

We Experience Change in Our Lives for a Reason Too

The chances of being sold into slavery are slim for us, but other events will happen in our lives. Things we can’t imagine a reason for.

Granted, some things just happen because they happen, but sometimes God interrupts our lives in order to guide us to His will.

When Crisis Happens ..

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Sometimes God is just trying to get our attention.

Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see the verse – John:3-16 to find out more.

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