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1 “JOSEPH: Faith is Enough!”
Genesis 37:2-11; Hebrews 11:22

2 Genesis 37 2 - This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. 4 - When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

3 5 - Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 - He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: 7 - We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."

4 8 - His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us
8 - His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 - Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers, "Listen," he said, 'I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 - When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mothers and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?" 11 - His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

5 Hebrews 11 22 - By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

6 2nd Corinthians 5:7 “We walk by faith and not by sight.”

7 Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the evidence of things not seen.”

8 FAITH in the midst of CRISIS

9 verse 3 … (Jacob) “loved Joseph MORE than any of his other sons.”

10 verse 4 “they couldn't even speak to him on friendly terms.”

11 Genesis 39:2-3 “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered… the Lord gave him success in everything he did… the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian, BECAUSE of Joseph.”

12 2. FAITH in the midst of TEMPTATION

13 Genesis 39:6 “Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.”

14 Chapter 39:7 “And it came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph and she said, 'Lie with me.‘”

15 verses 8-9 “But he refused and said to his master's wife, 'Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?”

16 verse 10 “And it came about as she spoke to Joseph day after day that he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.”

17 verse 8, “her refused.” verse 9, “great evil... and a sin against God.” verse 10, “he didn't even listen to her or linger in her presence.” verse 12, “he fled from her.”

18 3. FAITH in the midst of STRENGTH

19 Genesis 41:39-40 “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne will I be greater than you.”


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