Summary: This is study about the different color’s that could have been used in Joseph’s coat. Hopefully through this study, we can get a better understanding of the message Jacob (Israel) was imparting to Joseph.
This is a series of messages on the coat of many colors – Free Power point is available through E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Several Illustrations, points, and the main idea for this series of sermons dealing with the coat of many colors was from James May’s sermon, “A Coat Of Many Colors.” Also Several Illustrations and points came from Preachers Outline And Sermon Bible. Many other sources were used to help compile this series!
A Coat of Many Colors #6 Crimson
Genesis 37:1-3 (KJV) 1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 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. 3 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 colours.
What, have we learned so far about this coat of many colors?
The First week we looked at the color of Amber which represented God’s Presence and Glory in the life of Joseph.Then we took a glance at the color Black which could have represented two ideas. The first thought was that there would be days of darkness that he would have to face. The second thought, had to do with the future of the Famine in the land that was still to come into his life. And also we have learned that it was a possibility that Jacob gave this coat of many colors to Joseph and put Dark Blue into it to signify that he wanted his son to continue to Worship God! But second idea with the color Blue in mind would be that someday Joseph would make Heaven his home. So the color could have been Sky Blue or Light Blue. Last week, Jacob might have put GREEN into that coat to represent Spiritual Growth.
The next color that we will look at is CRIMSON.
You could also call it RED, or SCARLET.
Why would Jacob put some red into the coat of many colors?
First of all, I believe that he wanted the red in that coat to remind his son of the lessons that he had taught him at a early age.
It was God who required a sacrifice of blood for the sin that would come into Joseph’s life.
All the way back to Adam and Eve the blood had been shed for sins.
This lesson that God taught Adam and Eve in the clothing of skins was passed down to their sons. But Cain does not listen nor does He obey and now his offering is rejected.
The way of Cain as Jude 11 mentions involved worshiping God on his own terms, doing the work of his own hands, and being selfish in his reasoning.
But Abel offers a firstling of his flock which would require the shedding of blood. And God Accepts!
Jacob was showing his son Joseph, that there would come a day when the blood would be needed to wash his sin away, not the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of the Messiah, the Deliverer that God would surely send.
He already knew what we have learned by reading in Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
They were taught to look to the cross like we look back. Adam and eve were promised a redeemer.
Remember Genesis 3:15 (KJV) 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Jacob had no way of knowing, other than by divine revelation, that Joseph would one day be a ruler in Egypt that would save his people from death due to the famine in the land.
He also could not have known that one day, after several generations had passed, that the red in Joseph’s coat would be a symbol of the blood of the lamb that was sprinkled upon the doorposts of each house when the death angel swept through Egypt.
Exodus 12:13 (KJV) 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
John Phillips said, “Today many look with revulsion on the shedding of blood that formed such an essential feature of the Old Testament religion. They consider with equal horror the New Testament’s teaching concerning Christ’s blood. They shudder with abhorrence at many of the gospel hymns that emphasize the efficacy of the blood of Christ. Those who thus scorn the shed blood have their eyes blinded both to God’s blazing holiness and to the dreadful, …nature of sin. Sin is a radical and terrible reality that calls for a radical and terrible cure.” [John Philips. Exploring Hebrews. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1992) p. 118]