E100 Reading 11 – Family Feud Genesis 37

Genesis 37

Joseph the youngest son of Israel (Jacob) found favour in his father and all his other brothers became jealous of all the attention he was getting. It seemed that Israel loved him more as God gave Joseph to him in his old age. Genesis 37:4). We can see resentment grow, and when he told his brothers about his dream about them bowing down to him, they had more hatred towards him. He even has a dream about ruling over his mother and father. The more he told his family the morejealousy arose (Genesis 37:9-1).

When Joseph was sent out to see how his brothers were doing with the flocks, they saw him coming at a distance and the jealousy rose again inside them and they plotted to kill him because of the rage that was growing inside them. And they could see that the robe that he was wearing was covered in jewels indicating favour with their father. So we can see where the jealousy was stemming from. One of the brothers, Reuben has compassion with him and convinces his brothers not to kill him because the blood of his death would be on their hands, and they realised that the curse would fall on them for killing their on flesh and blood. Joseph was just meant to be left in the cistern but when Reuben went back Joseph was gone, his brothers had sold him to merchants that had passed by. Reuben tore his robe and it seems this could be a sign of the curtain ripping in the temple when jesus died on the cross. Joseph was eventually sold to Potipher one of Pharaohs officials, who was the captain of the guards.

We can see that his family had problems, like most families, but jealousy had built up over time and got to a point where they were going to kill Joseph, usually in this situations it is not just one persons fault.

There were a number of factors that contributed to this situation:

  • Favouritism – Jacob showed favour to Joseph over the other children and gave him gifts to show this favour and the other children could obviously see. Interesting that when love becomes a tool for manipulating or controling a family member it can become quite a destructive thing.
  • Arrogance – Joseph teased his brothers and sisters by using his gift of interpreting dreams and spiritual experiences to rub it in, spiritual gifts need to be used with humility.
  • Jealousy – Jacob needed to let all his children know that he loved them all, they became jealous because he showed favouritism to one child.
  • Hatred – unresolved hatred left not dealt with will destroy us from the inside out. Jesus gives us a great example of dealing with the small things before they become too big to deal with –  Matthew 5:43-4843 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”, and Matthew 18:15-1715 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c]17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector”.

Prayer: Father, I’m so thankful that you love me. Help me to truly love the people around me and especially those in my family.

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~ by deepercriesout on May 9, 2012.

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