At the beginning of our text today from Genesis, Joseph weeps uncontrollably. He has to send all his Egyptian servants out of the room, but they can still hear him from the next room weeping in the presence of his brothers.
His older brothers had sold him into slavery when he was a boy because he was favored by his father and they were jealous of him. Besides, he was an obnoxious kid. He had dreams that he told his father and brothers about, in which he was to rule over his brothers and his father. So his brothers hated him and got rid of him by selling him to some Midianite traders, who, in turn, sold him in Egypt as a slave. Then they lied to his father, saying a wild animal killed him...Read full sermon here (PDF)