When he was with his father, Jacob he was favored beyond his brothers. While they were tending sheep, Joseph was learning how to read, speak, and write Egyptian, and other languages. His brothers grew jealous of Joseph and plotted to kill him. But Ruben told them they should put him in a hole, Ruben was going to save Joseph while their brothers went home. Not knowing of these other intentions his brothers agreed, after they had trapped him, they sold him, their own brother, to Egyptian slave traders and painted the cloak their father had given Joseph with lamb’s blood.
Joseph was treated very cruelly by the slave traders, being forced to walk by the camels. When they got to Egypt Joseph was sold to Potiphar, the pharaohs general. He was quickly the head servant in Potiphar`s house.
Potiphar`s wife lied to Potiphar about Joseph. And Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison. But Joseph stayed strong in prison. While he was in prison, pharaoh`s discharged cup-bearer and baker both had a dream. The cub-bearer told Joseph his dream “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh`s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into pharaoh`s cup and put the cup in his hand.”
Joseph interrupted this dream to mean the cup-bearer would be reinstated in the pharaohs house. The baker, hearing favored results told Joseph his dream “I too had a dream: On my head there were three baskets of bread. In the top basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket out of my head.” Joseph interrupted this dream to mean the baker would be hanged and the birds would eat his flesh.
Just as he predicted the cup-bearer was reinstated and the baker was hanged. Two years later the pharaoh had two dreams and called Joseph from prison to interrupt his dreams. Joseph interrupted his dreams to mean that there would be 7 years of good crops and 7 years of famine. He told Pharaoh that a part of the crops should be put aside for the years of famine. Pharaoh put him in charge of collecting and giving out some of the crops. His brothers went to get food during the famine years, they did not recognize Joseph, but Joseph recognized them and gave them food, and told them they could not come back for more, till they brought their younger brother, Benjamin with them. They brought Benjamin with them and Joseph locked him in prison. He was seeing if his brothers had changed since he had last seen them. They said to put them in prison but not Benjamin. Joseph revealed himself to his brother they were frightened he would take revenge for what they did. But he said “you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”
He meant that God fits and does everything for our good. That’s not how Joseph planned his life. He never would have planned to be a slave or go to prison but with god he rose to the second most powerful man in Egypt.