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How did Joseph Get Out of the Pit?

Joseph in the pit

Joseph was sent by his father to Shechem check on his brothers, who are shepherding the flock there. When he arrived at Shechem, he did not see his brothers. A man saw him wandering there so he asked him who was he looking for and he told him he was looking for his brothers. The man told Joseph that he heard them saying they were going to Dothan so Joseph went to Dothan to search for him.

When his brothers saw him from afar in Dothan, they plotted to kill him and throw him into a pit and then give an excuse to their father that a fierce animal has killed him. When Reuben heard this, he tried to save Joseph by suggesting them not to kill him but just throw him into a pit. He said this as he planned to pull Joseph out of the pit later.

When Joseph came near them, they stripped off his robe and threw him into a dry pit that do not have water. After that, they sat down to eat. Just about this time, a caravan of Ishmaelites happened to pass through and they plotted to sell him to them so that they could get some profit out of this. They pulled Joseph out and sold him to the Ishmaelite caravans for 20 shekels of silver.

The caravan eventually arrived in Egypt and Joseph was sold to the captain of the guard, Potiphar. Later, the brother dipped Joseph’s colorful coat into the blood of a goat they slaughtered and lied to their father that Joseph had been eaten by a fierce animal. Jacob wept and refused to be comforted after hearing that Joseph was killed by a fierce animal.

When Joseph was in Egypt, he was promoted to the chief of Potiphar’s household. Later, he was thrown into prison because Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of raping him based on the cloak he left. Actually, it was Potiphar’s wife who seduced him and Joseph left the cloak in a hurried attempt to flee. When Joseph was in prison, he helped the chief baker and cupbearer to interpret their dreams, predicting that the chief baker will be impaled in 3 days and the cupbearer will be restored in 3 days. Everything happened as Joseph predicted. Later, Joseph was promoted to the governor of Egypt, the second highest position after Pharaoh in Egypt.

From this story, we know that God works all things for the good of his people. He put problems in Joseph’s lives so that he will be challenged and his faith grow firmer in God. Problems will mold us into a better person. When you have problems, you should not blame God but take it as a test of faith. We must trust God in everything we do. We must be humble and always give God glory for everything we do. This is as with, Joseph attributing the interpretation of the dreams to God.

He did held Simeon as hostage, to force his brothers to bring Benjamin the next time they return to Egypt to buy grain during the famine. Afterwards, he also had his steward hid his silver cup in the sack of Benjamin so that they could return in the second time they visit Egypt to buy grain.

However, Joseph did not take revenge on his brothers because he knows it is God who brought him to Egypt so that he can become the governor and preserve the country from the famine.Later, he helped his entire family to move to Goshen in Egypt so that they will be provided during the 7 years of famine. We are not to take revenge on our enemies, but always be kind towards them, just as we are kind to our neighbors, those who are good to us.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 KJV)

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 KJV)

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12 KJV)

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Genesis 50:20 KJV)

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30 KJV)

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV)

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV)

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, (Galatians 1:15 KJV)

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:3-4 KJV)

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (2 Timothy 1:9 KJV)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:7-8 KJV)

And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? (Romans 9:23-24 KJV)

yea, and will rejoice. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:20-26 KJV)

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, (Luke 6:27 KJV)

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (Luke 6:35 KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:8 KJV)


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