Joseph-Slave, Sold in Egypt, Loved by Bosses' Wife, Framed, Dreams, Becomes Vice Pharaoh
Historic Times SERIES
Every time you think you have gone back far enough in biblical lore or Greek, Sumerian or Egyptian history, you keep encountering the admixture of thought, and astrological symbols and concepts. Without going into an exegesis of ancient symbols and how they relate to each other, it is much easier to tell the really dramatic tale of the early Children of Israel like an epic novel, an adventurous movie, or a night time serial TV show.
For when you look at how Joseph saved the Day for the Children of Israel, it borders on a feeling of fantasy that seems to relate to tales like "Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves", or "Sinbad, The Sailor". So, have some fun as you feel the sand in your teeth and the knotting nature of hateful intrigue straining at your back. Picture yourself going through Joseph's life, and as you do, you will wonder why his life has not been immortalized in movie lore. Yes, there was a Broadway Musical, but. Can God work in a plot of the Soprano's, The Godfather, The Graduate, Dallas, Las Vegas, The West Wing? As it turns out, yes.
1) The Spoiled Favored Son Gets "Railroaded" by his brothers, or would it be "Shanghaied"? Jacob loved Joseph so much it was painful. But the real pain was in Joe's brothers' hearts. They say there is no way to stand against jealousy, and if you think about it, it's true. If you are favored and blessed and someone decides to despise you because of that, you are cooked. Now imagine you are the youngest and they are mostly brothers. Of course, there is money at stake, a birthright that Jacob had spent a lifetime securing, and now in Jacob's old years, the fate of the fortune is up in the air. At least in the minds of the Brothers. You see there was this Coat of Many Colors. Sure it was stunning and lights out beautiful, but Jacob had had Joseph when he was old and he truly loved Rachel, his mother. Then lo and behold, Joseph has much to commend him. He as a Dreamer (read here Psychic, Prophet, Servant of God). Joseph kept on talking about how favored he was, and his jealous brothers fumed.
2) The Adventure Begins. Some of the bigger bro's beat up the "pretty teenager" and they toss Joe into a cistern, left for dead. Then the brothers get frozen in fear, Judah, says: "Let's make a buck and sell him as a slave!" Who wrote this stuff? Some higher power of course. It was bad that he was hated, it was good that he was sold. Judah, Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Issachar and Zebulon. They all hated him. Before these guys and Joseph's sons become the 12 tribes of Israel, they will then be equated with the 12 Signs of the Zodiac, and indeed personal prophecies are declared about their future. But again - What a plot! Joseph is sold by the Midianites, apparently (probably relatives of those who would save Moses generations later). So, Judah, who wanted to make some money and not have his brother's blood on his hands goes nuts trying to figure out what happened to him. That's bad. Joseph gets sold to a powerful guy. That's good. Potiphar, a Captain of the Guards likes him. That's good. No. Pot's wife lusts after Joe. That's bad! Where is this story going?
3) Put it on Cable, "Well, Cucachoo, Mrs. Robinson! -- "Without Joseph and Potiphar's Wife's Lust You Don't Have Much.
Joe stays humble, does his job every day, and slowly gets promoted. As time goes on, his winsomeness, his bright and personalble ways win him favor. And they also win him undue attention. Potiphar's Wife, ("Mrs. Robinson") throwns herself at him. She grabs his shorts, and he knows he has to run. He is framed. Now that must have felt like "bad news". It was. But it was part of the plan. The plan had to get him into prison.
4) In prison, he starts interpreting dreams of officials. Now he is in the big time. The Pharoah is next. Because he has his spiritual gifts, he adds significance and prediction to the dreams of his superiors. He gets quite a reputation sitting there in prison. During that time he must have asked himself a thousand times: "What did I do?" I served my father. I loved my brothers. I get knocked on the head and thrown in a big potty. I get sold. I get molested. I get framed. I become a con. Where am I headed? If you run the story in reverse, this is the only way it could have happened that Joe get to know the Pharaoh, start using his prophetic prowess, foretelling years of famine and preparing for the famine through smart governmental savings. It all makes sense as a deep Monday Morning Quarterback. Of course, since he was a Seer, one of his original dreams was the Mini Series he was going to live.
Besides being a Psychic, Stargazer, Wise One, Manager and oh by the way, everybody from the Pharaoh on down, knows he is Maximus Incorruptibilus. He becomes a "pharaoh", establishes the Children of Israel and they bring Jacob's bones to Egypt. A nice place to live for 400 years, until some other guy named Moses is saved by the Midianites; and history unfolds some more. Not a bad tale. Nothing like having the entire future on his back. Good thing he was just trying to stay alive, live up to his dreams and have integrity. Good thing.
When It Comes to Divine Stories, Follow the Author(s), More Than The Stars
So, just who was the hottest star? Joseph. Who had the hottest stars? Joseph. Although, more than anything else, It matters more who the author is. This story has much to do with beauty and outer luster and inexplicable magical charm. Plot twists are unbelievable. And the Divine Patterns being worked out are momentous. For how does Moses get born without Joe being their first? And how does the entire Old Testament and thus the New, without Joseph being pulled out of a dirty toilet and sold?
"If you're hot, you're hot, if you're not, you're not"; but it's the Will of God that matters. Watching the Divine Plot shows you that the Will of God - The Divine Author of our lives, plays itself out from the daily scenarios of our lives. But our status, our disposition, our outlook and our moves are ALL IMPORTANT. That is what we often forget. Our reaction is super important! The good news/bad news plot twists tell you that it is in the essence of story that divine will manifests. But the Actor on the stage is the vehicle through which the manifestations come. Well, put yourself in Joe's spot when "Mrs. Robinson" decides that she loves the boy, and really wants the boy. At that very moment, it might not have felt like the hand of God, but it was. He gets framed and sent to prison. Bad news. But it was the work of the Plan for him. So he finds himself in prison and he keeps representing himself well and keeping his basic life plan going. Good news, bad news, good news, bad news. Joe watched it all and responded as best he could. Obviously though, he never lost his way did he? And that is where Free Will and Character become all important.
As You Go Through This Story, See The Patterns In Your Life
These classical stories can be played out in REVERSE. "Let's see - How do we get a Psychic, Wise and Talented Joseph in front of Pharoah, even though he is a dusty Hebrew in the Desert? Ask your own personal question. Am I over reacting to the bad news in my life? Ami I missing a pattern? Am I losing my spirit in discouragement, when I could be rising each day with a new sense of My Plan unfolding. Sure you can't see the future accurately. That's what it is to be in the flesh. That's why it's DRAMA. There it is. Do that with your own fortunate but improbable occurrences and see how the Divine works with the Clay of Everyday Life to work its Ends.
Cry Yourself To Sleep If You Will, But Arise with The Song of Birds With Faith and Enthusiasm
The Story of Joseph is too devoid of rich detail for these questions, but imagine the years and years he could have cried himself to sleep. Then fast forward to that day when Joseph is in Egyptian garb, colored with Egyptian make-up, and walking with the Power of Pharaoh. His brothers are brought to him. They are bug ridden, dirty, dehydrated and near death. Imagine how his heart jumped with Joy when he saw them. He had to sit in pure wonder as the Egyptian guard brought them in. The years must have passed by like a fast movie. And then the positive relief poured over him.
"There, now history can proceed, I might have cried myself a few times, but darn, I hung in there. Now I see the whole purpose to the Plan! I held on to my Dream!"
Christofer French is the Founder of Astrologygetalong.com. He was ordained in the 1970's, and subscribes to Syncretism, A New Way of Looking at our Traditions.