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  • Betty A. Burnett

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Joseph in Egypt

Just a few more days of African American History; trying to pack a lot in. Someone may be wondering why I call events thousands of years African American History. All of our roots started in the book of Genesis; therefore, Adam was everybody's forefather.

Some say that there is no scripture about Adam being the father of the human race, but why was Eve, his wife called the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20). Why would God bless them, and say unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moved upon the earth (Genesis 1:28).

Why would Romans 5:12 say because of one man's sin, sin came upon everybody?  And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings (Acts 17:26).

That’s why the Word of God has to be searched out and see what makes sense and what doesn’t make sense. When I listen to someone else, search for information through various resources, I check it out to see if it lines up with the Word of God.

Internet - Joseph or Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף, Arabic: يوسف, Yusuf ; "The Lord increases" is a major figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). He was Jacob's eleventh son and Rachel's first. Names in the Old and New Testament had meaning.

Known best for his coat of "many colors" and his God-given ability to interpret dreams, Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous half-brothers. He worked under the Egyptian official Potiphar but was freed and became the chief adviser (vizier) to the Egyptian Pharaoh.

His estranged brothers later reunited with him when they came to Egypt to buy grain during a famine, and thus Joseph became the central figure to lead the children of Israel (Jacob) during their course of exile in Egypt. 

My words - Joseph was sold by his brothers to some Midianites who ended up taking him to Egypt, although Canaan and Egypt were several hundreds of miles apart, the people from both places had the same complexion.


He married an Egyptian whose name was Asenath, even more the reason why he had a similar complexion. And would it make any sense for the Pharaoh (king) to appoint somebody to be next in line to him if he were a foreigner?

Another thing, when a new pharaoh become king, the problem he had with the Hebrews (Jews) had nothing to do with skin tone, but the Hebrews were multiplying so fast that he was afraid they would take over, because they would outnumber the Egyptians (Scrip). The life of Joseph can be found in Genesis, chapters 39-50.


God is still raising people up at such a time as this to fulfill His purpose and to expose the lies from the devil. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44).

Next - Moses followed Joseph's pattern in rising from slavery to a position of royal favor in the court of the pharaohs, and would later lead the Israelites out of Egypt and back to the land of Canaan.

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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