Knowing Joseph

Exodus 1:8
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

It was told of Abraham. several times in scripture, that he would be the father of many nations. From the child of Promise, Isaac, would the promised seed be given.

In multiple instances Jehovah is referred to as the God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. It was with these three Patriarchs that God repeated his Promise.

Out of Jacob, later named Israel, came the 12 tribes of Israel. But out of all his sons, those born to him from Rachel were the most favored.

Joseph and Benjamin.

Seeing as most of have heard the story of Joseph countless times (Genesis 37-50), I will not take time to write the whole story here. I will only build a foundation for the thought brought to us by this post.

As a young man, Joseph was easily identifiable amongst his brethren. Though you may mistake Reuben for Simeon or Judah for Levi, there was no mistaking Joseph when he walked in the room.

This was all because of the garment he wore given to him by His Father. Out of Love, Jacob had given Joseph a coat of many colors to distinguish him from his brethren.

Genesis 37:3
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

One could say that at this time knowing Joseph meant knowing him by His coat.

But as the story goes between Genesis 37 to our scripture text in Exodus 1, there was many trials that Joseph had to endure.

Beloved by His Father. Hated by his brothers. Sold into slavery. Thought for dead. Lied on by Potiphar’s wife. Thrown into jail. Made second in command over all Egypt. Then he died.

This is Joseph’s life in a few, brief words.

But in Exodus 1:8 we find that as his life shifted from life in the field to life in command, there was a change took place in Joseph. From the dreams in Canaan to the Fulfillment in Egypt.

In the field, knowing Joseph meant recognizing his garment but in Egypt, knowing Joseph meant recognizing the God of Joseph.

When you thought of Joseph, you thought of His God. They were one in the same. Knowing Joseph meant knowing Jehovah.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was also the God of Joseph. And all Egypt knew that.

Trouble came to Egypt when there arose a Pharaoh, who knew not Joseph. This shows us the importance placed on knowing Joseph. It was not the fact that he didn’t know Jacob’s son but it was that in not knowing Joseph, he knew not the God of Joseph.

So today I am faced with the thought-provoking question, What does knowing Alex Amos mean?

Do we live our lives as in a way that people will see the God we serve through the actions of our daily walk?

Some people may never walk through the doors of a church but will the life we live introduce them to the God of Joseph?

Though I could write pages on this subject I will close with this: Knowing Joseph meant knowing the God of Joseph.

What does Knowing you mean?

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