Joseph came from a dysfunctional family which included jealously, deceit and lack of trust.
Joseph might have been thinking, “What have I done to deserve this?” when he found himself in the pit.
Joseph had special talents and abilities: honesty, responsibility (for example, checking and reporting on his brothers), and dreams from God.
Joseph experienced favor from his father, Jacob (Israel) because he was the son of his father’s old age, at a time when Jacob had changed some of his undisciplined ways, and he was the son of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel, who died while Joseph was young.
God blessed Jacob with dreams fortelling the future.
Joseph was a “show off,” telling his brothers about his dreams and wearing his special coat. Jacob rebuked Joseph because of his sharing of his dream about becoming a leader in the family.
Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers, and did not see it coming.
Restoration and healing from betrayal is not easy but it is possible.
Joseph had to wait many years