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Joseph Part I

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Jacob (Isreal)
Twelve Sons (The Tribes of Isreal)
Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin
Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali
Zilpah: Gad and Asher
Genesis 37:2 NASB95
2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
Genesis 37:
Genesis 37:1 NASB95
1 Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
This is not the best of introductions.
Don’t know motivation: ( Loyal to his father, find favor, put them down so he would look better)
Even in OT snitches get stitches.
Genesis 37:3–4 NASB95
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.
Gen 37:3-
1 John 3:15 NASB95
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Proverbs 10:12 NASB95
12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
The brothers were clearly wrong to hate their Joseph
It is not Joseph’s fault that his father loved him most, but do you get the feeling that he wore his technicolor dream coat everywhere?
That coat was the visual reminder to each of them that they were not their father’s favorite.
Genesis 37:5 NASB95
5 Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Genesis 37:
Genesis 37:5–6 NASB95
5 Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had;

One of the Most obnoxious people I’ve ever known

Generous, kindhearted, but would not shut up.
Yankee: Mass.
Judging a lady with a kid at 2:00 am.
Joseph would not shut up.
Genesis 37:6
Genesis 37:6–11 NASB95
6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
His father kept it in mind
Brothers in the field: go check on them.
Genesis 37:14
Genesis 37:14 NASB95
14 Then he said to him, “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Genesis 37:18-
Genesis 37:18–20 NASB95
18 When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer! 20 “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”
Reuben rescues him
Genesis 37:
Genesis 37:22 NASB95
22 Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
Reuben is the oldest and wants the glory.
Genesis 37:23–24 NASB95
23 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; 24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
Genesis 37:23-2
Of course they took the coat.
Verse 25 tells us that they sat down to eat a meal.
Gen 37:26
Genesis 37:26–27 NASB95
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.
Sold him for 20 Shekels (About $200)
Reuben comes back and Joseph is gone. “Where am I to go?”
Genesis 37:31 NASB95
31 So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;
Genesis 37:30 NASB95
30 He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?”
Vision of Christ: Sold out by his brothers for silver and would be the source of their forgiveness and life.
Revelation 19:13 NASB95
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Brought the tunic back to their father. Father mourned him for many days.
Could not be comforted.
Genesis 37:36 NASB95
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

Joseph was hated because of his father’s favor

Jesus: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.
You will be hated by all because of My name.
You have received the favor of God and because of that you will be hated.
John 15:18–19 NASB95
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
Kosmos: World system.
Rely on the Holy Spirit of God.
They hated me without a cause

Joseph may have been spiritually arrogant

Wore that coat.
Told his dreams
Romans 12:3 NASB95
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Ephesians 2:8–9 NASB95
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Rocky 3
Hi I’m Todd, you’re going to Hell.

God’s promises do not ensure life without trouble.

James 1:2 NASB95
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
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