The Father Of Joseph In The First Book Of The Old Bible

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Occasionally, I hear somebody say, “I know I am saved because I can feel it right in here” as they slap their chest. They feel saved, so that makes everything alright as far as they are concerned. They are saved, they think, but their salvation is based on their feelings.
Feelings, however, are the most unreliable thing in the world? Now, let me prove that to you.
In the first book of the Old Bible, Moses wrote a story about Jacob. Later, God changed his name to Israel. (Genesis 32:28; 35:10) Anyhow, Israel became the father of ten sons. Then in his old age, a son, Joseph was born to his wife, Rachel. Joseph was Israel’s favorite son. Benjamin was born later, giving him a total of twelve sons.
Perhaps it was because Joseph was the son of his old age, but more than likely it was because he was the son of Rachel, that Jacob loved Joseph in
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He had been sold, and he would be resold in Egypt.
After a few years of mistreatment, Joseph found favor in the eyes of the Pharaoh and became Prime Minister “of all of Egypt”. He was second only to the Pharaoh.
Now, back in Palestine, Joseph’s brothers presented his coat, stained with animal blood, to their father and explained, “Look what we found.” Jacob recognized the coat and his beliefs broke his heart. Joseph’s blood stained coat caused Jacob to believe that his son had been killed by a wild beast.
Jacob grieved the loss of his son every day for a number of years, for he believed with all of his heart that Joseph had died. He, no doubt, wondered what kind of wild beast killed his son and where it finally scattered his bones and the pain was ever present. Jacob was very sincere; his feelings could not have been more genuine if his son had actually been dead.
But, that son is not dead. He is down in Egypt doing well. He is the Prime Minister. People are bowing down to him. He is rich and

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