Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons, and gave him a nice rich robe. His brothers were jealous and hated him. Joseph had two dreams showing that one day his parents and brothers would bow down to him. He shared these dreams, and his brothers hated him even more.
Jacob sent Joseph to go see how his brothers were going tending their sheep. Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, and planned to kill him, and pretend an animal killed him. Reuben said to just throw him into a cistern, planning to save him later. However, by the time Reuben had come back to save Joseph, Judah and his brothers had sold him to some Ishmaelites on the way to Egypt. Jacob was gutted, thinking that Joseph had been killed. Joseph was sold to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials
9. Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
Though Joseph’s dreams were from God, it was not necessarily God’s intention for him to share them with his brothers and parents.
The story of Joseph is a story of opportunities where they are not expected. Had Joseph not been sold into slavery, he would not have ended up in Egypt, which would have made the next turn of events impossible (I won’t give away the ending!). In his brother’s attempts to get rid of him, they actually furthered God’s plan to fulfill the dreams; the dreams which made his brothers so jealous. Ultimately you can’t mess with God’s plan!
Joseph’s story from beginning to end is an amazing self supporting story of success in the midst of seemingly huge misfortune.