A man with a clean heart can never be hurt. The Biblical story of Joseph can be captivating, not only for the young but also for the grown adults. From a physical point of view, Joseph grew up under very complicated conditions. His mother died when he was still very young. He looked handsome when compared to his brothers, which created some envious consideration from those brothers. This was worsened by the fact that Joseph was their father’s favourite.
Joseph loved his brothers, who had a natural hatred against him. His respect for them was conditioned according to their good behaviour. He could not avoid reporting their misdemeanours, committed outside the purview of their father. Joseph loved righteousness so that by giving bad reports of mischief committed by his brothers, he intended for the well-being of those brothers.
He obviously knew that nothing good could come from falsehoods. Although, the father loved all his children he trusted Joseph more, for being truthful when narrating the events of misdemeanours by those brothers. The tipping point came after having shared a dream, but possibly being unsure of its meaning. The dream had something to do with his rise to eminence.
The entire clan would bow down to him. This time even the father became conspicuously prickly. This surprised Joseph; whose love for his family could not be alloyed. However, the father continued to treasure the young man, taking note of his possible rise to eminence. As a token of love for Joseph, the father bought him a colourful jacket, serving to aggravate the hatred displayed by his brothers.
Ordinary humans cannot foretell future events. His brothers delighted in creating unfavourable jokes; arising from Joseph’s dream of becoming ruler over the entire family. They scornfully treated him as a bad boy. However, the Bible does not show Joseph as stressed by such unfavourable treatment. We have a clue that he could not be handsome if carrying bitterness within him. Ordinary humans get affected by malevolent treatments.
The day of reckoning was when his father sent him to deliver food to his brothers in pasturelands. Rather than rejoice seeing Joseph in his colourful jacket, they plotted to kill him. They connived to smear the colourful jacket with blood, using that as an exhibit of him having been killed by ferocious animals. The father would not dispute their narrative, as unsuspecting of them murdering their brother.
However, God miraculously served his life, by causing them to decide to sell him into slavery. Money became more valuable than their brother. That attracted their guilt conscience, but they were comfortable in having eliminated the dreamer for what he had insinuated would materialize. However, for God’s people: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV).
They gleefully assumed having eliminated the dreamer, but without realizing that they had, actually, promoted the dreamer. Joseph could have committed suicide when reminiscing about the behaviour of his own brothers against him. But his righteous focus kept him in line with God’s plan. His commercial slavery value landed him in the hands of Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials in Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph all the way.
Potiphar could not resist the charming and intelligent young man’s splendid servitude. Joseph was promoted to be in charge of Potiphar’s household. Obviously, there would be privileges associated with those in power. Joseph would be eating special meals, preserved for those in power, including sleeping in comfortable dwellings. Potiphar’s wife was attracted to Joseph’s charming nature.