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Today's reading: Genesis 45:16-28

The life story of Joseph is primarily focused on accounts involving Joseph and his immediate family. But God has also included in his recorded story some key interactions with other people, one of those being in Genesis 45:16-28. In this passage we get a more in-depth look at the relationship between Joseph and Pharaoh, and from it we can draw some helpful lessons in the area of working relationships outside of the family (employer/employee, owner/worker, teacher/student, etc.).

Pharaoh respected and liked Joseph. We even pick up a sense of friendship between these two men from the text. And although we're not privy to all of the details, I believe we can infer that the healthy and pleasant state of this relationship was largely due to Joseph being a consistently good, wise and diligent worker. So when Joseph's family comes into the picture, Pharaoh embraces them like he has Joseph. He's welcoming and extremely generous toward them, providing for them and offering to give them the choicest land in Egypt. The interactions between Pharaoh and Joseph truly provide us with a picture of what a healthy working relationship can look like from both sides of the equation.

What stood out to you about working relationships from the interaction between Pharaoh and Joseph in this chapter? What's one thing from this account that you can use to strengthen and improve your current working relationships? Tami

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Tami, It is obvious that Joseph was in good relationship with the Lord and
that was the first step in his getting along with difficult people and situations.

Joseph chose to be better not bitter when things did not go his way.

We see how Joseph thought when in verse 24 ... "he said to them, Do not quarrel on the way.”

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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