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Wow that is the family that put the fun in dysfunctional.
My Daddy told me once that everybody is good for something even if itís to serve as a bad example. And if we look at the family of Jacob, You remember Jacob donít you? He was Abrahamís grandson and Josephís father; we discover that they make a great bad example. And it was probably because he had seen the mistakes that his father had made in raising his kids that Joseph seemed to do alright with his children and then later on with his siblings when they were reunited.
Most people know the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. You either learned it in Sunday School or heard it in a sermon or watched it in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical, which by the way was the opening clip for this morningís message.
In case youíve forgotten the highlights of the story, Jacob had twelve sons but he had one favourite son and that was Joseph. Now I know that we all think that our parents love our siblings more then they love us but Jacob did love Joseph more, it wasnít a guess it was a given. The bible tells us in Genesis 37:3 Now Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. And just so nobody would doubt how he felt about his youngest son the verse goes on to say So one day he gave Joseph a special giftóa beautiful robe.
Well, the rest of the siblings werenít blind or stupid they knew how their dad felt about little Joe and Joseph didnít make it easier for them to like him. We are told that he was quick to tell his father about any mischief the other guys got up to, and then there were the dreams. On two separate occasions he had dreams which he interpreted to mean that he would eventually rule over his brothers. Now in twenty-twenty hind sight we know that those dreams were destined to come true, and you canít fault Joseph for having the dreams. But did he have to go and tell his brothers about it, after the incident with the pretty coat it would have been like rubbing salt into their wounds.
One day when the rest of the boys were out tending sheep Joseph was home, not tending sheep and his father sent Joe out to check up on the guys. When he arrived, well if it was a movie the music would have changed to a minor key suggesting that something bad was going to happen. I donít know what the boys had been talking about before Joe came but I would suspect that he was the topic of the conversation because when they saw him the bible tells us that made plans to kill him.
Now if you know the story then you realize that there was a change of heart and instead of killing their little brother they sold him into slavery. Iím glad my older sister never thought of that. Joseph ended up in Egypt and after a number of years and a series of misfortunes and adventures including a couple of year in jail he ends up the most second most powerful man in the kingdom right under the Pharaoh. He married and became the father of two sons. When a famine stretched across what would eventually become Israel, the brothers had to come cap in hand to Egypt looking for food to sustain their families, never imagining that the man they would need to approach would be their long
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