Joseph Sold into Slavery (Genesis 37)

 Rich man and Lazarus in Hades

We now turn to the story of Jacob’s son Joseph, whose life will fill most of the remaining pages of Genesis. The story of Joseph is full of lessons for us today, including the pivotal role he played in Israel’s history, his character qualities worthy of our imitation, and foreshadowing of things to come in the New Testament. This lesson, the first of several on the life of Joseph, covers Joseph being sold into slavery and his brothers’ cover-up with their father.  Genesis 37 is also the first time in the Bible where the word “Hades” appears.  We discuss what the Bible teaches about Hades, explaining one of the great mysteries of life: where we go when we die.