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In today’s Christain Religious Studies class, We will be learning about Joseph’s Reward for Obeying God. We hope you enjoy the class!
Joseph’s reward for obeying God
Joseph the son of Jacob who he gave birth to in his old age became his favourite son. He constantly dreams about greatness but each time he narrated the dream his family members could not understand the meaning of the dream he had. His siblings were not pleased with this. In addition to the dreams he had, they conspired and planned evil for him. One day, his father Jacob sent him to check on the well-being of his brothers who were taking care of the sheep.
At first, he could not locate them because they had left their prescribed location. However, he got someone who directed him to where his brothers were. His brother saw this as an opportunity to achieve their evil plan. This, they said to themselves,
“Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now, therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams“.(Genesis 37:19-20)
Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites, who bought him and took him to Egypt.
He was sold to Potiphar who was an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard. Joseph was favoured by God, handsome and good-looking. His Master’s made him Lord of his house to be the leader of all of the household servants. As time went by, his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and requested him to lie with her. Joseph refused and said to her,
“Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:8-9).
After pressurising Joseph daily with Joseph declining consistently. One day when Joseph was alone in the house with no other household servants she held him by the clothes saying, “lie with me”
However, Joseph left the clothes in her hand and fled out of the house she then lied against Joseph that he wanted to rape her. When her husband, Potiphar came back she reported Joseph that he made attempt to rape her. Potiphar got angry and put Joseph in prison. However, Joseph graciously moved from prison to the palace.
We can learn from this story that it pays to be good Joseph’s obedience to the commandments of God in Exodus 20 verse 14 which says you shall not commit adultery paid off at the end of the day when the Lord God supernaturally promoted him to become the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Blessings of Joseph’s obedience
- Joseph refused every sexual advance from Potiphar’s wife and that resulted in his imprisonment.
- God prospered everything Joseph relayed his hand on.
- God supernaturally brought Joseph out from the prison and became the Prime Minister in Egypt his brothers came to him in Egypt and they paid homage to him.
“Obedience is better than sacrifice,” explain how Joseph’s decision reflected this statement.
- identify Joseph’s talents and show how he applied them as a leader. (June 2002 WASSCE).
- Discuss any two leadership qualities that were exhibited by Joseph.
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In our next class, we will be learning about The Three Hebrew Boys that Escaped Death for Obeying God. We are very much eager to meet you there.
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