Genesis 39:1 Bought and Sold

Genesis 39:1 (KJV)
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

The Ishmeelites bought Joseph for profit and I suspect they earned a profit when they sold him. 

  • There was guilt in possessing another
  • There was burden in possessing another
  • There was constant conviction in possessing another

So often we think we want something[1] only to discover when we have it, it is too much for us. 

  • The payments on a car
  • The upkeep of a house
  • The commitments of an expensive hobby toy

How often do we come into the possession of a thing only to long for someone to take it off our hands?

It’s best to be content and faithful with what God provides. 

[1]Forgive me the comparison of a man with an inanimate possession. There is so much more here than that. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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