Jacob's Favorite Son -- Joseph Sold into Slavery
Joseph's story covers about a century in which God and people are actively fulfilling God's plan, whether they knew it or not. God allows Joseph to be sold into slavery by his own brothers who were jealous of Joseph. Jacob (now called Israel) made it clear that he loved Joseph most because he was his son with Rachel. Israel made an ornamental robe, perhaps one that was passed down throught the generations signifying the passing of priesthood for Joseph, and this preferential act enraged his brothers.
Joseph had two dreams where sheaves of wheat and where the stars in the sky were bowing before him. Again, the brothers interpreted this as ultimate arrogance that they would have to bow to him.
Israel sent Joseph into the field to check on his brothers who were grazing the family flocks. When they saw him coming, the quickly plotted to kill him. One of the brothers (Reuben) pleaded that they not kill Joseph. At the last minute, God sent along a caravan of Ishmaelites, to whom they sold Joseph to these Ishmaelites.
The brothers returned to Israel and showed him Joseph's ornamental robe, soaked in goat's b lood. Jacob seeing this believed Joseph was killed by a wild beast. (See the illustration of the brothers showing the bloodied robe to Israel. Nothing anyone did could bring comfort to the grieving Israel.
As Israel was grieving Joseph's death, the Ishmaelites sold Joseph to the Egyptian Pharaoh's captain of the guard, Pontiphar.