Hard Questions About the Bible

Even though people may wonder why God allows bad things to happen, Joseph is an example of a person who was in tune with God but still suffered a lot.

For the story of Joseph, read Genesis 37-41, I’ll summarize here.

Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob, who gives him an ornate robe, and his brothers are jealous of him.

Joseph is a little arrogant, and because of a dream he had, he tells his brothers that in the future, they will bow down to him.  This makes the brothers hate him even more.

Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt, he ends up in Potiphar’s house.

Potiphar’s wife comes on to Joseph, but he refuses, which makes her angry so she frames Joseph, and he is put into prison.

Joseph interprets the dreams of a fellow prisoner who is the Pharaoh’s cupbearer, predicting that he will be released.  Joseph asks the cupbearer to tell Pharaoh about him, but the cupbearer forgets him.

After two years, the cupbearer finally remembers Joseph after Pharaoh starts talking about his dreams, and the cupbearer basically says ‘I know someone who can help you”.

Because Joseph can interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, he is put in charge of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh.

Even though God was with Joseph, Joseph still suffered majorly for many years.  If the story of Joseph is actually true, then we have to accept the idea that God can still allow bad things to happen, even to God’s people.  According to the Bible, the world is imperfect because of sin, but God can help us and still wants to help us.

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