Genesis

Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers – and offers them a home in Egypt (Genesis 45:1 – 45:28)

After Judah plead with Joseph to allow them to return home with their younger brother, Benjamin, Joseph could no longer contain himself and cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” Everybody left the room except for Joseph and his brothers. Joseph revealed to them that he was the “lost” brother…
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Joseph’s stolen cup – Judah accepts responsibility when Joseph tests his brothers one last time (Genesis 44:1 – 44:34)

After Joseph dined with his brothers, he gave instructions to his steward: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack,…
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Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy grain and are rebuked unless they agree to return the youngest brother, Benjamin, to Egypt (Genesis 42:1 – 43:34)

While the region was in the grip of a great drought. Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt so he told his sons, “Why are you just standing around? There is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some so we can survive the drought.” Ten of Joseph’s brothers…
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Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams – becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:1 – 41:57)

Two years after Joseph interpreted the dreams for the cupbearer and the baker, Pharaoh had a dream. He was standing by the Nile when out of the river comes seven beautiful, healthy cows that begin grazing among the reeds. After that, seven other cows, gaunt and mangy, come up out…
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Joseph interprets dreams for the cupbearer and baker but still fails to receive recognition from Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1 – 40:23)

Sometime later, the king’s cupbearer (chief butler) and baker offended the king. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials and placed them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard (where Joseph was held). The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph and he attended them.…
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Joseph taken to Egypt where he is wooed by Potiphar’s wife – God rewards those who are righteous (Genesis 39:1 – 39:23)

After Joseph was sold by his brothers, the Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials ( captain of the guard). God was with Joseph, so he prospered while in captivity. Joseph lived in the home of his Egyptian master. When his…
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Joseph is thrown into a well then sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:12 – 37:36)

Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to graze their father’s flocks. Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. I am going to send you to them.” Joseph responded, “Very well.” Jacob told Joseph, “Go and see if all is well with…
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Joseph shares his prophetic dreams with his family – prompting resentment between his brothers (Genesis 37:1 – 37:11)

Jacob lived in his father’s land, the land of Canaan. His son, 17-year-old Joseph, helped tend the flocks with his brothers (the sons of Jacob’s wives, Bilhah and Zilpah). One day, Joseph brought a bad report about his brothers to Jacob. Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his…
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Rachel and Isaac die, leaving Jacob to carry out God’s plan for mankind (Genesis 35:16-29)

Jacob and his family moved from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath (ancient Jerusalem), Rachel went into labor. She had great difficulty during labor but a midwife comforted her and said, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” As Rachel took her last breath, she named her…
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Rachel is jealous of Leah and competes to have Jacob’s children (Genesis 29:31 – 30:24)

God saw that Leah was not loved as much as Rachel so he enabled her to conceive children while Rachel remained childless. As a result, Leah gave birth to a son she christened Reuben saying “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me…
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