|Dec. 21, 2019|
|Lessons From The Biblical Joseph|
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|When Yosef was taken down to Egypt, a certain Egyptian, Potiphar, a courtier of Pharaoh and his chief steward, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there|
Genesis 39:1 (The Israel Bible™)
וְיוֹסֵף הוּרַד מִצְרָיְמָה וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים אִישׁ מִצְרִי מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה
Hear the verse in Hebrew
v’-yo-SAYF hu-RAD mitz-RA-y’-mah va-yik-NAY-hu po-tee-FAR s’-REES par-OH SAR ha-ta-ba-KHEEM EESH mitz-REE mi-YAD ha-yish-m’-ay-LEEM a-SHER ho-ri-DU-hu SHA-mah
The above verse labels Potiphar ish mitzree, ‘an Egyptian,’ in contrast to Yosef, who is called Ha’Ivri, ‘the Hebrew’. Since we already know the nationalities of these individuals, why are the labels necessary?
The Egyptians were known for their arrogance and condescension towards the nomadic tribes. Despite their prejudice, Yosef will rise in rank among them. He will succeed at every task presented to him, and subsequently find favor in the eyes of Potiphar, the Egyptian royal official. Only Divine Providence could bring about the success of a mere “Hebrew”.
Yosef demonstrates that when a person puts himself in the hands of God, he can succeed beyond expectation.
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