19 被賣為奴的約瑟  

因約瑟是他年老生的,雅各愛約瑟過於愛他的眾子,他獨厚約瑟,給他做了件體面的彩衣。這或者令本來恃寵而驕的約瑟愈發自戀,自命不凡。終於,約瑟同父異母的兄長們,因心生忌恨,伺機把約瑟賣了,教他淪落埃及為奴,開啟坎坷的命運。

約瑟從雙親的嬌兒一夕為奴,但這危難卻也成就扭轉性格與命運;開啟他信仰的轉捩點。若干年後,生性聰慧,力爭上游的約瑟,深得主子(埃及法老的侍衛長)的賞識與信任,取得管家的位份。他未曾辜負所託,更善於經營,致令主子的家業蒸蒸日上。但不幸約瑟外貌俊挺引起主母垂涎,他拒絕誘惑,不肯就範,致使不能得逞的主母惱羞成怒,反誣告他性侵。或許主子並未盡信妻子所言,約瑟雖然因此入獄,卻逃過一死。再次落難的約瑟未曾自暴自棄,即便在獄中,他也贏得牢友和獄卒一致的敬重,並最終在被關押了數年之後,得契機以天賦解夢的能力,為埃及法老解夢,並且就夢裡所預示的危難提出有效的建言。或者當年埃及王室政治詭譎,法老身邊沒有可信任的人,約瑟竟然被提拔,攀升宰相大位。之後,體察天意的約瑟,輔佐法老使埃及安然度過夢境果然成真的七年災荒,並且拯救了自己同樣因災荒陷於絕境的家族。約瑟對天意與命運的感念,使他得智慧,足以化解當年與兄長的恩仇。約瑟的一生教我們看見人蛻變可能性。

Joseph was born when his father, Jacob, was already in his old age. Jacob favored him and gave him a coat of many colors as gift which inflated Joseph’s already enlarged ego. This favoritism sparked intense envy by his brothers whom later sold him to slavery in Egypt. Overnight, the cherished son of Jacob became a slave. However, the crisis proved to be a crucial turning point in his life and his relationship with God. After a few years as a slave, his intelligence and wit won the affection and trust of Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. While serving as Potiphar’s servant, Joseph was soon promoted to oversee the entire household as superintendent. After some time, Potiphar’s wife began to lust after Joseph and when he rejected her, she accused him of attempted rape. The charges landed him in prison. However, he quickly garnered the respect of his fellow prisoners. After being imprisoned for several years, Joseph one day was called to interpret a dream for the Pharaoh. It was a dream that no wise men was able to interpret. Joseph said the dreams foretold seven years of abundance would followed by seven years of famine and advised the Pharaoh to store a surplus grain during his years of abundance. When his interpretation of the dream was proven to be correct, the Pharaoh promoted him to become the Vizier of Egypt. He not only saved himself, but he also saved his family from the brim of starvation. Joseph’s dedication to his life’s calling, helped him gain enough wisdom to even resolve the animosity with his brothers.

創作者介紹

Garden91季刊 │玉溪有容教育基金會發行

garden91 發表在 痞客邦 PIXNET 留言(0) 人氣()