God of the Old Testament is often interpreted as one of wrath and justice. Conversely, many texts of the Old Testament show a loving God, a God that guides his loyal followers through adversity, preparing and using them to accomplish awe-inspiring tasks. Among God’s vessels were Joseph and King David, the writer of Psalm 23. The biblical story of Joseph relates the difficult journey of a young, spoiled boy who through God’s guidance becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt, and Psalm 23, one of King David’s most popular poems, is symbolic of David’s own experiences with God’s direction. However, while the texts discuss very different circumstances, David’s text is relatable to Joseph’s own story; both are about trusting in God’s plan and believing in the protection and guidance that he provides.
As a young teenager, Joseph was an enviable young man who seemed to have everything happening in his favor. Because he was the youngest son of his father, Israel, he was loved more than all the other children. He even received special gifts from his father to show that he was his favorite son. One of the biggest gifts given to Joseph was his coat of many colors. At this point in Joseph’s life it would seem as if God was allowing him to lie down in green pastures and lay beside still waters (Psalm 23; p. 94).
As these days went on, He began to experience an assortment of dreams. After having these dreams, he began to inform his father and his brothers of the details in each dream. Hearing these dreams began to stir hatred and jealousy in his brother’s thoughts. Consequently, they began to plot against Joseph’s life because they simply could not endure it any more.
After conspiring with each other, Joseph’s brothers agree to sell him into slavery so that they would not have to tolerate his near perfect image any longer. They then dumped him in a pit in the dessert and sold him to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37;p. 67).