Genesis 2:7, 1:26-27

Genesis 37-50      The Account of Joseph

The Account of Joseph

Genesis 37-50

Paul J. Bucknell

Why are these chapters of Joseph in the Bible?

(Genesis 37-50)

We are delighted at the inside story regarding Joseph and his brothers’ lives. These chapters have all the power of a tremendously moving movie. Violence. Seduction. Extreme. Victim. Greed. Jealousy.

What would we know about these things if it was not left in the Holy Scriptures? Absolutely nothing. Joseph is a picture of JesusAnd yet, we are forced again to ask, “Why are these chapters here?” Why did God put them in? He could have spent the time and precious space by writing more about creation at the beginning of this book where only one or two chapters are used.

There are several answers to this question. Any of them, or several of them together might form the answer.


Joseph is a type of Jesus: betrayed by brothers, sunken down before raised up, forgives those who hurt him, etc. (See attached chart).


In order to clearly set the stage for redemption. They had to go into the land in order to be rescued out of it. Otherwise the Book of Exodus makes no sense.


To illustrate the depth and riches of God’s grace and forgiveness that He is willing to give to His people through Jesus.


To show His faithfulness in disciplining His own and in fulfilling the dreams and covenants of old.

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To reveal the blessing of God works follows those men with integrity and trust in God.

Next=> Continue on your study on Josephy by looking at a broader view of Joseph's life on forgiveness.


The Genesis Index

Genesis Introduction:  Introduction to Genesis |  Outline and Genealogies  |  Genesis' Chronologies (5 & 11) |   Unified Themes of Genesis
Genesis 1-2:3:   The Worship of the Creator |  The Meaning of Creation  |  Creation Lessons on God.  |  God and the World's Religions
Genesis 2:4-17:    Preparation for Man (Genesis 2:4-6) |  Creation of Man (Gen. 2:7, 1:26-27) |  Purpose for Man (Genesis 2:8-17)
Genesis 2:18-25: The Foundations of Marriage
Genesis 3:1-13: The Fall of Man | Temptation (Genesis 3:1-6) | The Fall (Genesis 3:7-13) | Questions 3:1-6 | Questions 3:7-13
Genesis 5-9: Genesis Flood | Genesis 05 Genealogical Chart
Genesis 10-11: Noah's Sons| Questions | History Genesis 10:6-11 | Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 | Questions | Culture Genesis 11
Genesis 12-22:   The Call: Genesis 12.1The Promises: Genesis 12.2-3  |  The Means: Genesis 15The Testing: Genesis 22
Genesis 12-16: Introduction |   Place Detour: Genesis 12:10-20; 20 |  Person Detour: Genesis 12:13-14Procedure Detour: Genesis 16-17
Genesis 14:1-24: Three Steps to Spiritual Growth | #1 Observe | #2 Utlilitize | #3 Secure
Genesis 18-19: Cultural Woes of Sodom | Appearing to Abraham | Visit to Sodom | Debate of Homosexuality and Sodom
Genesis 21-26: Isaac's Model for Godly Marriages
Genesis 27-36: Genesis 27-36 Jacob's Life of Faith
Genesis 25-37: Influence of Sin | God and Man's Sin | Understanding Man's Sin Nature | Understanding Jacob's Sins
Genesis 37-50: Joseph’s Dillusonment | Genesis 42-47:12: The Big Picture | Conclusion | The Reason


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