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Breezin’ Through the Bible #3

September 30, 2013

Some Biblical stories have historic proof. This story does not; but it has themes echoed in many Bible stories: sibling rivalry, family dysfunction, jealousy, pride, love and forgiveness. This story is driven by conflict, good vs. evil, and this story develops the character of its hero, Joseph, from an immature boy to a confident man. The plot moves God’s story forward as He develops the nation he promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Perhaps Jacob’s sons had reasons to distrust each other. The twelve boys had four mothers, but Rachel was Jacob’s true love, and when she died in childbirth, Jacob fastened that love to her two sons, Joseph and the baby Benjamin. Surely the ten older sons resented Joseph strutting about, wearing a brightly colored robe their father had given him. Perhaps they were offended when their father sent him to spy on them; but when he explained his dream of them bowing down to him, the young men reacted in a way they lived to regret.

The young Joseph was handsome and smart, if also arrogant and prideful. When Joseph approached the brothers in the fields, they plotted to kill him. Rueben suggested throwing Joseph in an empty cistern, perhaps with the intention of rescuing him later. When Ishmaelite traders appeared, the brothers sold him. They smeared his coat with the blood of a goat and told their father he had been killed by a wild beast. Jacob, whom God had renamed Israel, wept.
In Egypt the traders sold Joseph to the house of Potiphar, where he oon became an overseer. Potiphar’s wife made sexual overtures to the handsome lad, but he resisted her wiles. Angered by his refusals, she accused him of molesting her, and he was imprisoned. There Joseph became know as an accurate interpreter of dreams.
to be contd. 

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