The School of Affliction

Joseph Series—Part 5

Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.

Text: Genesis 39:20–23

Title: The School of Affliction

Introduction: We remember that Joseph is a picture for us of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph was about to enter a period of time of great importance. And, this time of learning and “schooling” would last for years. It was the “school of affliction.” Joseph, as an early and accurate picture of Christ, begins to paint an even clearer picture for us today.

Here are five lessons Joseph learned in the school of affliction:

I. He Learned That God’s Delays Are Not God’s Denials

II. He Learned That God Doesn’t Depart When You’re in the Dungeon

III. He Learned That As He Was Granted Mercy, He Too Could Be the Giver of the Same

IV. He Learned That Glory Belongs To God

V. He Learned To Leave His Confidence in God


2 Corinthians 4:17–18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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