If Hollywood transforms Joseph into a secular hero, there are others who portray him as a moral and spiritual giant. Both views fail to do justice to the biblical story.
In Genesis 47:20-21 we read that Joseph reduced the Egyptian people to servitude. In this respect he can be described as a spiritual pygmy. Consider the teachings in Deuteronomy 15 and Leviticus 25 that give us a fuller picture of God's redemptive purposes for the world.
In 1973 a wealthy businessman Jaime Jaramillo was walking along the streets of Bogota in Columbia when he saw a young girl climbing down through a manhole into the sewers below. Jaime went home, put on a wet suit and he then followed the girl into the sewers and to his amazement he discovered about 90 children who were living in the filthy, rat-infested sewers.
One girl was pregnant!