WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT ALLOWED JOSEPH TO BE BROUGHT TO EGYPT?
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of
his old age: and made him a coat of many colors” (Genesis 37:3). This is the
preface to a tragic story that led Joseph’s older brothers to hate him and to
finally sell him as a slave to the Egyptians. The rest is a magnificent story of
great trials, and immense final rewards for Joseph, who had been overpowered by
a vortex beyond his control.
What if God had not allowed Joseph to be sold into slavery? What if He
had simply intervened and had not permitted Joseph’s brothers evil plans to
The biblical story tells us that, though initially Joseph suffered
greatly, the end result was very positive for both him and his family. As the
years went by, Joseph rose to the position of Pharaoh’s first minister.
Furthermore, the children of Israel were allowed to live in Egypt so as to
escape a deadly famine that was prevalent in Canaan.
On the negative side, Israel became a slave to future Pharaohs “who
knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). But centuries later, God had the opportunity to
declare his great glory by pouring his wrath upon Egypt and by manifesting to
all the nations that He was the Omnipotent God.
Had God intervened and had He prevented Joseph from being sold, some of
the most inspiring and meaningful parts of the Bible would have never been
written. We would have never read about God’s miraculous interventions to save
Joseph’s life and to finally elevate him to number two in Egypt. We would not
have been inspired by God’s dealings with Moses. We would have never been awed
by the great plagues God rained upon Egypt. There would not have been a crossing
of the Red Sea, and there would not have been a giving of the Manna. The giving
of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai would have never taken place. The forty
years in the desert and all the surprising twists and turns faced by Israel
would not have been in the Scriptures. Lastly, the glorious entering of the
Children of Israel into the Promised Land would have never happened either.
The selling of Joseph, and his slavery in Egypt, therefore, was the
introduction to a series of stunning events brought about by God to astonish
future generations. What, at first glance, seems to be God’s perplexing
unwillingness to protect a faithful servant God’s part was, in reality, a
critical and necessary part of a long and glorious chain of events that
introduced the Almighty to the nations and to generations to come.
After Joseph revealed his true identity to his brothers, he shares with
them an amazing insight: “And God sent me before you to preserve before you a
posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it
was not you who sent me hither, but God” (Genesis 45: 7-8).
Truly God was the great orchestrator who directed the whole chain of
events. He allowed jealousy to saturate Joseph’s brother’s minds; He allowed
resentment to build and, finally, He brought about the events that made it easy
for Joseph to be sold to the passing caravan and be brought to Egypt. From the
start, God was totally in charge of the script, and made it all come to pass
according to His great plans.
CLICK ON TOPICS BELOW FOR A THOROUGH ANALYSIS
The Tree of Knowledge
Cursing of the Ground
Cain and Abel
Joseph in Slavery
Death of David's Child
David's Punishment for the Census
Sennacherib and his Armies
Removal of Foreign
Ananiah and Sapphira
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