Genesis 37:3,4,10,22,26,27,35,36 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. 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… 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?”… 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…Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? “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… Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

I have only taken a few verses to try and give a brief of the chapter but before you read any further, I encourage you to invest a few minutes to read the chapter in its entirety.

We move from the life of Israel to that of his children and in specific, to Joseph, his most loved child. This partial love was evidenced in the technicolor tunic and it became a reason for a rift in Israel’s household among his children.

Why does God permit His own to suffer so much to achieve what He intends?

The dreams Joseph had were certainly odd because he, though among the youngest, was being given respect by his family, something that is not culturally possible because the oldest male naturally gets the respect of the family.

In Israel’s life, it was the same thing that caused much grief for his father Isaac and his brother Esau. Israel was the younger, yet stole the blessing of the older and that blessing continues to this day.

Israel’s partiality towards Joseph, Joseph’s uprightness in his family and the dreams that he had became a reason for a great rift in the home and that is what caused his brothers to hate him and sell him to the Midianites.

However, regardless of all the issues in that home, God had better plans and we will see it come to pass in the next few chapters but do you see the similarity between Joseph and Jesus? Joseph’s chosen-ness, his persecution, enslavement and blessing?

Jesus was His father’s most loved child and left the comforts of His life to live among the lost and was persecuted and put to a shameful death on the cross. However, all of the persecution and the shameful death only served to fulfill God’s plans for humanity.

In much the same way, our lives are lived by choices we make and without God in our lives, we live for our own selves and that life leads to destruction. With God in the helm of our lives, our future is secured, our present is directed by Him and our choices are steered towards His glory.

I pray today that we would not hold God responsible for our situations and problems but turn our problems to Him for His mediation and resolution. God loves us regardless of our brokenness and wants to call us His own. Are you willing?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Amos 6:4-7 Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles, And the sprawlers’ banqueting will pass away.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    Vineet . . .I can only try to explain how this post spoke to me! Thank you! Today, I let some negative thinking drift in and there was something in this so beautiful, that our futures are secured by Him, our present directed by Him . . .it really blessed me and helped me get back on track with Him, where I want to be! God bless you and your life that resonates with Him!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb, Thank you for being open and willing to share how God speaks to you through His word…it is evidence of how we are needy and how as long as we are humble, He will keep pouring into our lives. Yes, we as children of God hear and know this truth about God, yet we forget when we have to put it into practice. Your faith is evidenced by your walk and I praise God for bringing into the fore of my life a witness of humility and love in your personality. Thank you for being a blessing to me and many as you continue to show Jesus in every area of your life. You and your family are prayed for with much love. In Christ, Vineet

  2. Ann says:

    “… our lives are lived by choices we make and without God in our lives, we live for our own selves and that life leads to destruction.”

    Even when God lays out His plan we can mess it up by making the wrong choices (enter Adam and Eve and the rest of us that got caught off-guard)

    Thanks for this post. Heaven knows we need to be reminded every now and then.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,
      Well said that we often need to hear the truth about our hopeless choices and it’s results. CBN very kindly sent my family a kids video called Super Book and this episode was based on disobedience that was pictured through Adam and Eve’s choice. My daughter watches it daily and talks often about it. I was reminded by your comment how we are like Adam and Eves making the wrong choices and trying to blame everyone else but ourselves. That is the reason we toil, suffer and die and it is only through Christ’s sacrifice that we have hope.
      Bless you as you continue to be a blessing to many for His sake!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. I enjoyed reading this thoughtful post from one of my favorite Bible passages. It is true…I have heard Joseph described before as a “type” that foreshadowed what Jesus would come and experience for us. Thank you for sharing it.

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,
      Thank you for visiting the blog and commenting. Many things I am learning from the word were not previously known to me but God through His amazing ways is teaching me new and wonderful aspects of His love I never knew existed. It is amazing how rich the word of God is for billions of people have found hope and inspiration from it and it continues to be a mystery to the blind and a hope to the saved.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • It causes my heart to rejoice that the Lord is revealing the aspects of His Love. It truly is wonderful indeed! This Bible verse came to my mind as I read your reply:

        Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1

        Isn’t it an awesome privilege to share that good news and possibly play a part in the Lord opening the eyes of the blind and unfolding the mystery, so they may share in the hope and inspiration?

        I pray that the Lord continues to bless you with new glimpses of Him and His love.

  4. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Theresa,
    That is such a relevant scripture in the context of our discussion. It is something that baffled me for a while as to how non-believers could not understand the truth which to us is so obvious. I have many non-Christian friends and have tried to use facebook to share my faith. Most people just stay clear of controversy but the one or two who like to take on the word seem to be blinded because of the hardness of their hearts. I praise and thank God for His mercy to us that we are not spiritually blinded anymore and I also pray that God would help us to stay faithful in our efforts to share the gospel to those who so deperately need hope.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

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