Friday, September 23, 2011
Patience is listed as one of the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22), the patience of Joseph should be considered. God had revealed to him in his youth that he would be great. However he was betrayed by his brothers and sold as a slave to Egypt. He spent a great amount of time in prison, though innocent, and for most of us this would be devastating, wondering whether God had spoke or not. He kept his faith and was promoted to the 2nd highest man in the whole kingdom of the Pharaoh. By the providence and wisdom of God he saved the land during famine and his own people, Israel (Gen 37-50). His obedience, patience, and faith gave him a fame that is perpetual.
I will discuss this time in history in future blogs. The evidence of the truth of the Bible is inspiring and it is really cool to be able to see these things through the technology of today.
Dreams of Greatness
Joseph was the 11th son of Israel. Around 1900 BC was his time in Egypt. The evidence of his impact is still present and can be seen on Google Earth (pictures to follow in future posts). The Pharaoh over him was probably Djoser. Joseph's position of respect also probably gave him the name Imhotep. There is research done by Ron Wyatt to show that the complex in Sakkara, Egypt was built under Joseph's (Imhotep's) direction. The step pyramid here is the first pyramid built in Egypt. The vast underground grain storage and distribution complex are also found here. As mentioned in the previous blog, God picked Joseph to save Israel and the local world at that time from a severe famine.