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LECTURE XXXIX.

JOSEPH APPOINTED OVERSEER. GEN. 39, 4. And Joseph found grace in

his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had

he put into his hand. JOSEPH's

OSEPH's Brethren sold him, and the mer. chants who bought him, sold him iu Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah's, and Captain of the. Guard. We are not informed of any particulars concerning the journey of Joseph to Egypt. We are not told how he liked this jarge and beautiful city. Nothing is said concerning Potiphar, only that he was. an officer of Pharoah's, and Captain of the Guard. We know not what price he paid for Joseph, but we know that he had obtained by this means a pious and valuable servant. And that he soon found by experience that the blessing of the Lord maketh rich.

We shall notice,
I. JOSEPH'S HAPPINESS AND PROSPE.

RITY.

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was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”

We find that Joseph submitted to the will of God, that he was clieerful and contented!, active and diligent; as a servant, he endeavored by every means in his power to make himself useful and agreeable to his Master. How many young men would have rebelled against God, murmured at his dealings with them, they would become sullen, ill tempered and cross. Jos ph was a happy man, though he was a servant, and at first he did many things that he had not been used to do, and which was only fit for the lowest servant of his Master to be employed'in ; but the Lord was with lim, he made Joseph happy and prosperous ; he gave him such wisdom and prudence as to enable him to do all things right, in the best manner, with the least trouble and in the shortest period of time, so that his work was soon done and done well. Every thing he did, prospered. It was done as it should, and the effects of it was evident to all. He was a house servant, so that all might see and obe serve him. He did his duty to his master and Ms God, The Lord was with Joseph, aud

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Joseph was often with the Lord. He prayed to God and thought upon his name, so that there is reason to think that he was not only diligent in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.

II.

JOSEPH'S PIÉTY AND

FIDELITY.

" And his master saw that the Lord was willa bim, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.” Joseph was not like many young persons in India, ashamed of his religion. lle made no secret of it: All who saw Joseph knew that he was remarkably pi. ous, prudent, honest and faithful. He acted like one who knew that the

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of Jehovah were upon him, like one that walked in the fear of (iod all the day long, like one that cared for reproach and ridicule on account of his r.ligion. Many young persons in India will suffer themselves to be laughed out of their religion. But he that is ashamed of me and of my word (saith Jesus Christ) in this adulterous and simple generation : of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of bis father with the holy angels, Many young Men of Joseph's age are ex

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actly in his situation as to religion. They go to their stations where there is perhaps no Church, no Chaplain, no meeting together for the public worship of God. They are surrounded by idols and idolaters: they see no respect paid to religion, to God, or to his holy day. That they are apt to forget God, lose all reverence for his day, all desire of attending on public worship.--Let them act like Joseph and not be afraid, letting their equals and their superiors see that they are not ashamed of God, of their religion or their principles. Joseph's Master saw that the Lord was with him. Joseph's fellow servants saw that the true God was with him. It was not in the power of the gods of Egypt to make Joseph prosperous, and honest and faithful; but the fear of God is not only the beginning of wisdom, but the source of every Christian virtue and spring of every Christian duty in every rank and condition of life.

III. Joseph's REWARD and POTIPHAR'S BLESSINGS. “And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him : and all that he had he put into his hand.”—Thus Joseph was raised from a slave or commou servant to be

the chief or head servant. He was made overSEER, that is, one that overlooks. He overlooked' the rest of the servants to see that they did their duty. There was a time when Joseph was overlooked by another in the same manner in which he now overlooked the rest of the servants. He was not a hirdhearted overseer like those that are usually put over the Negros in the West Indies; no, he was kind and condescending, pot proud, cruel and overbearing.

It was a happy thing for those servants who were put under Joseph's care. He would not treat them ill. Joseph was a young man, quite a youth, but the Lord was with him. Potiphar saw this and did not despise either his youth or his religion. Let us now see the favor t'at the Lord shewed to Potiphar. He blessed him for Joseph's sake. “ And it came to pass

from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had : that the . Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house and in the field.” Whatever substance Potiphar had when Joseph came, it was blessed and increased.

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