Joseph was the 11th of 12 sons of a wealthy nomad Jacob and his second wife Rachel. His story is told in the book of Genesis chapters 37-50.
Joseph’s story is a tale of jealousy, deceit, slavery, injustice, lust, rivalry, and forgiveness. It is also a wonderful example of how God worked in Joseph’s life through all of its ups and downs. Joseph was a life-sized illustration of Romans 8:28: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Joseph’s life illustrates how divine sovereignty and human responsibility intersect, as illustrated by Joseph’s comment in Genesis 50:20: “What you meant for evil God meant for good.” God’s sovereignty is a major theme in these chapters and we would do well to interpret Joseph’s life in light of God’s providence (Genesis 45:4-9).