Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | June 19, 2013

SONSHIP: Part Four


“YOUTH WITH PURPOSE”

“And God remembered Rachel… And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name JOSEPH; and said, ‘The LORD shall add to me another son’ ” (Genesis 30: 22-24). “These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being SEVENTEEN years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren, and they hated him yet more…” (Genesis 37: 2-13).

When I first read the story of Joseph I was saddened and angry with the insensitivity of his elder brothers. I felt sorry for Joseph; the victim of a diabolical plot by those he thought loved him. It was the brothers jealousy that sent them “over the edge” when they originally threw Joseph into a pit to die, but later sold him into a life of slavery (Genesis 37: 24-36). To prove to their father that their lie was truth, they rubbed goat’s blood on the precious coat Jacob had given to Joseph and had it presented as the evidence of Joseph’s death (Genesis 37: 31-35). I was re-reading this account of Joseph and noted that in verse 32 it actually says , “they sent the coat…” and it wasn’t until later (verse 35) that the sons and daughters went to comfort their father. Note at the end of verse 32 and in verse 33 it says, “This we have found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. And he KNEW it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him…” The sons never did say Joseph had been torn by animals; Jacob just came to that conclusion himself. “Oh the tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.” The pretense of innocence shielding selfishness likes to manifest itself to the very last because if you remember, Jacob had once deceived his father by the skin of a kid (Genesis 27: 16).

So, in fairness, let’s take another look at the brothers. I am the eldest child of eight and I don’t have to ponder too long to KNOW how I would have felt if I was Judah, or Levi, or any one of the other brothers? Joseph’s brothers were pretty young when this event occurred; Reuben (eldest) about 29 years old and Benjamin (youngest) 7 or 8 years of age. The brothers who sold Joseph would most likely have been the 10 older ones; as Benjamin (youngest) would be kept at home. Therefore, the ones 18-29 years old; often thought to be more “self-centered”, thoughtless, reckless, and jealous than those in the later years of life, were the ones who got rid of Joseph. Last week I discussed the numeral TEN and its possible meaning being DIVINE ORDER or the beginning of a NEW CYCLE. I remind you of the two dreams Joseph had prior to his being sold (Genesis 37: 5- 11) and also that God always has a plan we have little knowledge of (Genesis 45: 4- 15). “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55: 8, 9). God was using the actions of these ten young men to bring about His divine order and purpose for Joseph and Israel as a nation (Jeremiah 29: 10-14). Hallelujah!

Now, I come to Joseph. He is the 11th son of Jacob, but the FIRST son of Rachel (Genesis 30: 22-24). Scripture says, “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children…” (Genesis 37: 3). Children see it when a parent shows a respect of persons and this will almost always cause trouble within the family. I remember a time when my brothers, sisters, and I were young (even now, probably) that I would not have looked very kindly on a younger brother who was given a “special coat”; particularly a young brother who was a “tattle-tale” and one who was always getting the rest of us into trouble! BUT, I see God’s hand in this as well. I believe that all the “special attention” Joseph received at such an early age gave him a bit of an “attitude” don’t you? I can just hear him when he’s alone with his brothers, “Hey you guys, better not try anything with me because you all know I’m the man, favored by Dad. Hey, look at this coat; don’t any of you be touching it; Dad gave it to me… I’m special” and on and on he goes. I see there is truth in Joseph’s birth “position” at that time in his life. He is causing DISORDER in the family through what his elders see as the “arrogance and imperfection” of someone who should be “seen and not heard”. However, God had a plan for Joseph: several years in “God’s Defining and Refining” school (Genesis 39-42). Have you been to that school yet? God doesn’t necessarily CHANGE a person’s personality, but He frequently “reshapes it for His glory”.

The rest of the story expounds on the SOVEREIGNTY of GOD. After many years and a famine, the TWELVE sons and Israel, their father, are to be reunited as a “family”. “And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. And He said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. And they went into Egypt; Jacob and his 11 sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, and all their children (three-score and ten). And Joseph placed his father and his brethren (12 sons together again), and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land of Ramses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Israel dwealt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and GREW, and MULTIPLIED EXCEEDINGLY. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt SEVENTEEN YEARS…” (Genesis 45-47). God gave Jacob 17 more years with Joseph; EXACTLY the same years as was Joseph when he was sold. What an awesome God; He brings ORDER to lives that seem chaotic. HE IS IN CONTROL!

“Now unto Him that is able to do EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY above all that we ask or THINK, according to the power that worketh in us, UNTO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3: 20, 21).


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