Young People of Scripture
“Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren” (Genesis 37:2).
Joseph is one of the most beautiful types of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament. However, there are many practical lessons to learn from his life as well. Introduced to us as at seventeen, we find him going in obedience to his father to see how his brothers were faring. We see him patiently enduring reproach and suffering. With moral integrity and by the grace of God he resisted sin and temptation. In spite of this, Potiphar’s wife unjustly accused him of something he did not do, and he ended up in prison. There he trusts God for His time and way of deliverance, and eventually he rises to be next to Pharaoh on the throne of Egypt. No matter where he was and no matter how difficult the circumstances, he sought to be faithful and not compromise for any reason. In the end we learn of his spirit of forgiveness in dealing with his brothers who had so wronged him, and we observe his love and care for his elderly father. Read prayerfully and carefully the story in Genesis chapter 37 through chapter 50. I know it will be a blessing.