And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.(Genesis 39:2-5)
Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob, had been sold into slavery by his brothers, the other children of Israel. He was purchased in Egypt by a man named Potiphar, and being under the blessing of Abraham, Joseph soon rose up in Potiphar’s esteem and Potiphar’s house was blessed for it.
But Joseph’s ordeal had only begun, for Potiphar’s wife began to lust after the young Hebrew slave.
And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?(Genesis 39:7-9)
Notice Joseph’s response to her attempted seduction, “How can I sin this way against my God and my master?”. Eventually Joseph was left one day alone with her, and she made another attempt to seduce him. He literally fled her advances, and the scorned woman then accused him of rape.
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.(Genesis 39:19-20)
Humanly speaking, Potiphar had the power of life and death over the Hebrew slave, therefore had he believed that Joseph had raped his wife, I believe he would have had him executed. Instead he put him in prison, where once again the blessing of Abraham elevated Joseph, who became a top trustee.
Eventually the Royal Baker and Pharoah’s Cupbearer were both put into prison, under Joseph’s care. Each of the two royal servants were troubled by dreams they had in prison, so they told Joseph.
And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.(Genesis 40:9-11)
As the Cupbearer related the dream to Joseph, the spirit of God came upon him with the interpretation.
And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.(Genesis 40:12-13)
Now it was the King’s baker’s turn, and he took courage by the favorable interpretation Joseph gave the Royal Cupbearer.
When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.(Genesis 40:16-19)
Within three days the dreams came to pass, the CupBearer was restored to the Pharoah’s service, but the Baker was executed.
All Joseph requested of the cup bearer on the way out of the prison, was that he put in a good word for him, as he had been falsely accused. Upon release, the cupbearer promptly forgot Joseph.
Joseph would languish in that prison for two more years.
As we stated earlier, Joseph is a major type of Israel’s Messiah, the seed of the Woman…Like Joseph,
- Israel’s Messiah would be falsely accused and imprisoned.
- There would be two other malefactors with Him.
- One of them would speak to Messiah and be saved,
- The other would die in his sins.