“So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it,” Genesis 37:23-24.
The story of Joseph represents in many ways how God elevates someone to a position of royalty and power, and delivers them from the pit.
Joseph had been stripped of everything, including his beautiful tunic that he had worn for many years. And yet he was freed from the prison that his brothers had forced upon him.
Joseph had told his brothers about a vision that he had seen where his family would bow down to him, (Genesis 37:11). But his father knew not to doubt the vision that his son had received, because he knew that the Lord had shown him these things.
His brothers were so angry about his vision that they were going to kill Joseph until Reuben stepped in and saved his life. They stripped Joseph of his coat of many colors (Genesis 37:23).
This coat was very much like a beautiful crystal, in how it reflects light and the colors of the rainbow. And yet just as his coat was taken from him it is symbolic of how his life of having a family and a place of belonging, was now also being taken from him.
His humbling continued, as he was no longer a son of wealth but was to become a slave. His brothers sold Joseph to the Ishamaelites.
But this was still a process of lowering Joseph. The Ishmaelites sold him and delivered him into the hands of Potiphar, who was an officer of the Pharoah.
One day while Potiphar was away, his wife came to Joseph, but he ran from the woman. However, part of his garment was torn and Potiphar caught him.
And yet again, he was brought into even a lower type of prison of the king, which was filled with mud, and the dirtiest of conditions. But Joseph continued to not complain and was eventually delivered.
“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed mercy and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison,” Genesis 39:21.
Finally, Joseph is delivered from the prison. He was called before Pharaoh to interpret a dream and this is what he said: “It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace,” Genesis 41:16.
We must always remember that those who humble themselves will be exalted. This is a spiritual truth and one that is written down in the heavenlies.
If you are in a pit of some kind because of the circumstances of life, know that in time you will be delivered from your bondage and given a place that is ordained by God.
In time the colors of your drab tattered clothing will be exchanged for the tunic of the kingdom. You will be given a coat of many colors.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?