God Took the People of Israel to Egypt
Jacob had twelve sons. One of these sons was called Joseph. Joseph’s brothers hated him because Jacob loved Joseph the most. In fact, Jacob gave Joseph a special coat of many colors. Once Joseph dreamed that some day his brothers would bow down to him to show their respect for him (Genesis 37:5-8). When he told his brothers the dream they hated him even more.
5 One time Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him even more. 6 He said, “Listen to the dream I had. 7 We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat, when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 “Do you think you are going to be a king and rule over us?” his brothers asked. So they hated him even more because of his dreams and because of what he said about them.
We also read about the Prophet Joseph in the Qur’an.
إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ رَأَيْتُهُمْ لِي سَاجِدِينَ
Behold! Joseph said to his father: “O my father! I did see eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!”
Surat Yusuf (12):4
One day when his brothers were with their sheep far from home, Joseph came to see them. They caught him and sold him to some traders going to Egypt. They made their father believe that Joseph was killed by wild animals.
In Egypt Joseph was sold as a slave to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh1. Joseph was very handsome. After some time Potiphar’s wife began asking him to sleep with her. But Joseph refused to do it. The Bible tells us: “Although she asked Joseph day after day, he would not go to bed with her” (Genesis 39:10).
One day when Joseph was working in the house, Potiphar’s wife caught him by his coat and said: “Come to bed with me” (Genesis 39:12). Joseph knew this was wrong. He knew this was sin against God. He ran out of the house leaving his coat in her hand. Then she told her husband a lie. She said that Joseph had attacked her. Potiphar became very angry and put Joseph in prison.
God was with Joseph even in prison. One night Pharaoh had a dream. A friend of Joseph told Pharaoh that Joseph could tell him what the dream meant. Joseph told Pharaoh that the dream was a warning from God. It meant that after seven years there would be a great famine. So Pharaoh took Joseph from prison and made him ruler over all of Egypt. For seven years Joseph saved food and prepared for the famine.
When the famine came, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food. When they met Joseph they bowed low before him. They did not recognize him. At first he treated them very unkindly to test them. But later he told them who he was. They were very much afraid, but he told them not to be afraid. Later he explained to them:
Joseph told his brothers to go home and bring his father Jacob to Egypt. So Jacob and all the children moved to Egypt.