It shows how children are bought, sold, chased and stuffed into car trunks all over the world. For money.
So they sent him to the pit of degradation.
This is a still from the movie "Trafficked" (2017).
The Bible tells us he was "handsome in form and appearance," which is like emphasizing the handsome part (handsome this way, handsome that way) and so Potiphar's wife asks (commands) him to sleep with her.
We tend to under-rate the amount of trauma that male victims experience.
"she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice."
A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (18: 146–155) found that "helping others was a salient concern for most participants who experienced sexual violence."
He is thrown in jail because of his slave master's wife, but eventually redeemed and works for Pharoah (as basically @stevenmnuchin1).
--"Now Joseph was the ruler over the land" - the tables were turned. (Although technically he was still a slave, right? To Pharoah.)
--"it was he who sold grain to the entire populace of the land" - monopoly over sustenance
With their faces to the ground.
Fully splayed out.
What does this mean - why does the Bible call it out?
Previously, the Bible tells us that the brothers "could not speak to him peaceably" (Gen. 37:4).
Now it was their turn to be emotionally abused.
--God's lessons for us, and
--the intentions of the people who carry them out.
"they could not comprehend Joseph's view that a Jew can and must bring light into a dark world."
Some Jewish people believe it's better to be totally insular, to avoid temptation.
Others believe in engaging.
Mashiach ben David - descendant of Leah, who symbolizes subservience, for the same reason.
These will converge.
Generally commentators agree that he did not want the brothers to recognize him at first.
One opinion: he wanted to test their hearts. To see if they had changed.
"You can recognize a person's real character by his wine cup (koso), his purse (kiso) and his anger (kaaso)." (Talmud)
בשלושה דברים אדם ניכר בכוסו בכיסו ובכעסו
It's a lot to process.
And so he makes it possible for them to be tested, and to succeed.
"And Joseph hastened, for his mercy was stirred toward his brother, and he wanted to weep; so he went into the room and wept there."
He doesn't wait for God to create a circumstance for them.
This was Joseph bringing closure to himself and to them.
This time they got it right."
So what must we do?
– Ephesians 13
(Photo by Jorge Pintado via Flickr Creative Commons.)