His brother's were envious of him (the dreams he had that they would bow down to him) and so they planned evil. Their first intent was to kill him, but the eldest brother talked the rest out of that. So they sold him into slavery instead. Turns out, Joseph's God-given gift of interpreting dreams landed him in a pretty high position, Pharaoh's right-hand man. Joseph's brothers did end up bowing to him and because of Joseph's position, their lives were spared and they did not die in the famine that struck the land.
The verses that stuck out in this section:
Genesis 43:30 Joseph hurried out of the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother, and he was about to weep. He went to an inner room to weep. Then he washed his face and came out. Regaining his composure, he said, "Serve the meal."
I relate to this because I understand not wanting to expose vulnerabilities to those who can (and will and have) hurt you.
Genesis 45:8 Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God.
I have to remember who is in control.
Genesis 50:19 "Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result."
Wow. I know I've heard that before, but this time it really hit home.