Who was Joseph the son of Jacob

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    Joseph was the favorite Son of Jacob against whom his brothers plotted and was sold into slavery in Egypt. He Later rose to become a minister in the court of pharaoh.
    But Joseph said to [his brothers], “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” GENESIS 50:19–20
    Joseph was no victim. Though the Bible recounts episode after episode of wrongs being done to him, Joseph knew, or perhaps learned that ultimately God was in charge of everything, and He was working all things together for the good of His people.
    Joseph was the eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, and his favored status earned him resentment from his brothers, who eventually sold him as a slave to some merchants traveling to Egypt (Genesis 37). Once there, Joseph was sold to a royal official named Potiphar, who quickly
    recognized and benefited from Joseph’s administrative gifts. Later Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of assaulting her, and he was thrown into prison (Genesis 39).
    While in prison, Joseph demonstrated the ability to interpret dreams, and he was brought before Pharaoh to explain some troubling dreams.
    Joseph correctly foretold a great famine that was going to come upon the whole world, so Pharaoh elevated him to second in command of the kingdom. The famine drove Joseph’s brothers to Egypt for food as well, and after a series of interactions with them, Joseph revealed his identity
    to them (Genesis 40–45).
    Joseph’s brothers feared that he would seek revenge on them for selling him into slavery, but Joseph recognized that God was orchestrating the events of his life for the good of His people—and that he should not assume the role of God and repay his brothers for their wrongs against him (Genesis 50).
    When others commit wrongs against us and cause us hardship, it is understandable if we feel angry and desire that God bring justice to our situation. Ultimately, however, we should recognize that we are not really at their mercy but at the mercy of God, who loves us and is always working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28 – 29).

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