Joseph was clearly the favorite of Jacob’s (Israel’s) 12 sons. The infamous coat of many colors is an example of his favoritism. His brothers disliked him already, and that’s before started having dreams. The first dream recorded in Genesis 37 involved harvested crops in the field; his stood upright while theirs bowed down to it. In the second dream the sun, moon, and 11 stars bowed down to him personally. And it’s this point in the story they decided to kill him.
One of his brothers, Reuben, cared enough for their father to understand what finding Joseph dead would do to him. They trapped him in a pit, from which Reuben had every intention of later freeing him from. In the meantime the other brothers took him from the pit and sold him to traders on their way to Egypt. They ripped his robe (of many colors), dipped it animal blood, and returned it to their father who reasoned Joseph must have died in some kind of wild animal attack. Although they did not murder Joseph, they sold him into slavery reasoning that killing him would not profit them anything.
Everything placed in Joseph’s hands prospered, and he eventually came to manage everything in Potiphar’s house. Genesis 39 details all of the events, here we will only summarize. The only thing withheld from Joseph was Potiphar’s wife, who desired Joseph. An honest man, Joseph refused her advances. She finally seizes him by his robes and demands that he sleep with her (“sleeping with” is our cultural reference, not theirs). Joseph runs out of her room naked at which time she calls out and declares he tried to rape her. Falsely imprisoned Joseph eventually become manager of all the very prison he is in and continues to interpret dreams. He should be remembered as much for his managerial ability as he is for having and interpret dreams.
It is Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams that gets him out of jail and into Pharaoh’s house. It is Joseph’s managerial skills that leads to his being second in command of all of Egypt. The only thing Pharaoh concerned himself with was his own meals, everything else was ruled by Joseph’s hand. Joseph dreams not only came true, but he could interpret the meaning of other’s dreams. This interpretation was not his own, and more than once he explained that interpretation came from God. He was merely a messenger.
All this was God’s plan. More next time – Israel in Egypt.