Life in Prison

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Joseph now finds himself in prison for a crime he did not commit. He will spend the next several years waiting on God;s timing.

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Prison Life Faith Joseph’s Story

In Potiphar’s House:

In Potiphar’s House Officer of Pharaoh Captain of the Guard Chief of Police/Secret Service Pharaoh’s Personal Security Force Highly Trusted Official Joseph spent 11 years in Potiphar’s House

Potiphar’s Wife:

Potiphar’s Wife Spoke to him daily Cast longing eyes on Joseph Made a deliberate plan to entrap him Caught him by the garment Falsely accused Joseph of rape

Joseph’s Actions:

Joseph’s Actions Let his faith be known Kept busy Was careful never to be alone with his temptation Called the act for what it was: sin Knew this sin was a sin against God He just said “NO”

Genesis 39:20:

Genesis 39:20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

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Joseph In Prison

Because of the scorn of a bitter woman, Joseph is cast Into prison for a crime he did not commit.:

Because of the scorn of a bitter woman, Joseph is cast Into prison for a crime he did not commit.

Legal System of Egypt:

Legal System of Egypt Egypt was one of the few nations in the ancient Near East that had prisons Guilty until proven innocent Punishment: death, a fine or bodily mutilation Sentencing: a life sentence unless awaiting a decision from Pharaoh

The Prison:

The Prison Probably within the premise of Potiphar estate Called the house of roundness because of shape Mostly subterranean with the roof rising slightly above the ground Genesis 41:14 referred to a prison as the ‘dungeon”

Workings of The Prison:

Workings of The Prison “Warden” or “Overseer of the Prison” Assisted by a staff of clerks and scribes Recordkeeping was important “Scribe of the Prison” was right-hand man of the Warden and in charge of all records of the institution

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Papyrus Scroll Containing Names of Slaves

Genesis 39:20-23:

Genesis 39:20-23 But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21  the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22  So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23  The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

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The Baker and the Cupbearer

Genesis 40:1-4:

Genesis 40:1-4 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt.   Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,   and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.

Genesis 40:4b-8:

Genesis 40:4b-8 After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?” “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

Genesis 40:9-11:

Genesis 40:9-11 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

Genesis 40:12-15:

Genesis 40:12-15 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.   But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.   I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

Genesis 40:16-17:

Genesis 40:16-17 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.   In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”   “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days.   Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

Genesis 40:18-23:

Genesis 40:18-23 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation. The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

How can we be content with what is happening when the circumstances seem so bad?:

How can we be content with what is happening when the circumstances seem so bad?

Content:

Content Means happiness with one’s situation in life; a stat of mind in which one’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be

Content:

Content Satisfied; sufficient “An internal satisfaction which does no demand changes in external circumstances” Holman Bible Dictionary

Philippians 4:11-13:

Philippians 4:11-13 “ I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.   I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

1 Thessalonians 5:7-18:

1 Thessalonians 5:7-18 “Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Hebrews 13:5:

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Psalm 37:17:

Psalm 37:17 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles .”

Psalm 34: 19:

Psalm 34: 19 “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from them all.”

How to Have Contentment:

How to Have Contentment Pray Continually Give Thanks Sing Songs of Praise Remember that the Lord Delivers You Know He Will Never Leave You or Forsake You He Gives You Strength to Make It Through

Contentment in Trouble:

Contentment in Trouble “It is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.”

James 5:13:

James 5:13 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Application:

Application Don’t be preoccupied with your own trouble and ignore the troubles of others Joseph relied on God and knew He had been with him all along Pray, Praise, Give Thanks. Remember who takes care of you—for the purpose of His Kingdom’s glory

Romans 8:28:

Romans 8:28 “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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