Was Joseph a good guy or a bad guy?
Or some of both?
I don’t like the fact that he married the daughter of a priest. One wonders about his father-in-law’s spiritual requirements of him.
He named his first son something about forgetting his father’s house. Ouch.
He used a silver cup for divination.
And he utterly destroyed a capitalist system and transferred all of the liquid and non-liquid wealth of the nation to the king, reducing the nation to slavery. I don’t think God sent him to Egypt to destroy the nation, and I think the reason the Egyptians eventually enslaved the Hebrews is because a Hebrew inappropriately enslaved the Egyptians.
On the other hand, he was clearly picked by God for this task, and he interpreted dreams through the power of the One True God, fully giving Him credit for that gifting.
Good guy/bad guy? You pick.
What I do like about him is the fact that he could live in the present without repudiating his past.
He seemed to be fully engaged in his job as Prime Minister, not pining for justice or going on and on about the issues of the past. He clearly still had a heart for his dad and his baby brother (not so much for the other ten!). But he lived in the present and built vigorously.
When God brought the past into the present, by bringing Jacob and Benjamin back to him, he was instantly ready to deal with the past in a productive way – first bringing his brothers to repentance and then restoring his family’s fortunes through his political connections.
That is an art form – living large in the present, while there is huge unfinished business from the past. He appropriated the grace from this time, while letting God orchestrate the alignment of the past time with the present time in a way that He could engage with.
But at the same time, he could fully engage the unfinished business from the past, when God brought it to him.
As much as I don’t like him, I do appreciate his handling of time.
One frustrated mother of a Prophet cried, “She has eight toes in the future and two in the past.”
Not Joseph. He had ten toes in the present.
Until God aligned time and space to bring the past into the present.
Then He used the present to heal the past.
Not too shabby as a model for wise living.