Old Testament
Lesson 12
“Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that if we are faithful and obedient, God will consecrate our afflictions for our good.

Scripture references for study:  Genesis 40–45
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 12 Handout (PDF)

The Dreams Of The Butler, The Baker, & Pharaoh

Joseph's Difficulties.

Joseph Interprets Dreams.

The Seeds of Righteousness.

Joseph & His Brothers

Joseph was a type of the Savior.

While ruling in Egypt, Joseph married Asenath, the daughter of a priest of On (Genesis 41:45).

Joseph directed the storage of food during the seven years of plenty.

When the famine deepened, Joseph sold grain from the storage that had been prepared.

Upon arriving in Egypt, Joseph's brothers came and kneeled before Joseph seeking to buy grain. They did not recognize Joseph (Genesis 42:6-24).

Upon their return to Canaan, they asked Jacob to let Benjamin return with them to Egypt (Genesis 42:29-43:14).

Back in Egypt, the brothers went to the house of Joseph. The sons of Israel still did not recognize Joseph (Genesis 43:15-34).

Before Joseph's brothers left with their grain, he had a silver cup planted in Benjamin's sack (Genesis 44:1-45:1).

Joseph makes himself known to his brothers (LDS.org)



Jacob Blesses His Sons & Grandsons

Near the end of Jacob's life, Joseph brought his two sons to see their grandfather (Genesis 48).

Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted by Jacob as if they were his own.

In Genesis 49 Jacob blessed his twelve sons:

"And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people." (Genesis 49:33)

After Jacob died, his sons feared that Joseph might take revenge upon them.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Throughout his many trials, Joseph remained faithful. He even forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery. Because of his righteousness, Joseph received great blessings. If we are faithful, like Joseph, God will bless us by making all things work together for our good.

Elder Mark E. Peterson:  "Joseph of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, is a prime example of a man raised up by the Lord to correlate and tie together the divine purposes of two widely separated periods of time, one ancient and the other strictly modern.
    "Like Abraham, he was one of those preexistent spirits who was foreordained before he was born to occupy a strategic position anciently, but who would likewise greatly influence events of the latter days.
    "He began his life in the depths of obscurity like so many of the prophets of God, but was catapulted suddenly into a position of world prominence, for both ancient and modern times.
    "He ascended from an Egyptian jail to become the governor of the land, second only to Pharaoh. It was a position of international importance, because he was made administrator of the only food supply available in the entire Middle East during a seven-year famine.
    "He became a prophet who was instrumental in bringing ancient Israel into Egypt, where the tribes could develop into a great nation required for their ultimate destiny.
    "And now his modern descendants—the Latter-day Saints —as members of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph's sons, preside in the last dispensation of the gospel, in preparation for the second coming of the Christ." (Joseph of Egypt, p6)

Record your thoughts on Joseph, his patience and his willingness to forgive. How can you follow the example of Joseph?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A Companion To Your Study of the Old Testament by Daniel H. Ludlow.

BYU Devotional Addresses.

Joseph of Egypt by Mark E. Peterson.

Old Testament Student Manual - Religion 301.

The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

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