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Summary: This is a sermon in response to the anxiety and panic revolving around the economic crisis of 2009

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HE’S STILL GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS—PART 2

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8. When You Leave Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Coming In

7. If I’d Shot You When I Wanted I’d Be Out By Now.

6. If You Won’t Leave Me Alone, I’ll Find Someone Who Will

5. I’m So Miserable Without You It’s Almost Like You’re Here

4. Sorry I Made You Cry, But At Least Your Face Is Cleaner

3. Take Me To The Cornfield Darlin’ And I’ll Kiss You Between The Ears

2. If My Nose Was Runnin’ Money I’d Blow It All On You

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LIVING A LIFE OF PRIVILEGE AND FAVOR

From the time of Joseph’s birth he was his father’s favorite. He was the firstborn of Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel, whom he dearly loved. This was the Rachel for whom he had worked 14 years. Not only did he love him most, he unwisely showed him great favoritism

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons,… and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. Genesis 37:3 (NIV)

Some scholars believe that this robe was really a long sleeved tunic which extended to the ankles. You can’t work very well in a garment that has sleeves and extends to the ankles, especially if it’s expensive and ornamented. It would be like a construction worker showing up in an Armani suit. In Joseph’s day the working garb was a short sleeveless tunic. This left the arms and legs free to move about. By giving Joseph this elaborate garment (which was also a sign of nobility) his father was implying “You won’t have to work hard like your brothers.”

Unfortunately, as favored as Joseph was, his family was more dysfunctional. The home in which Joseph was raised was comprised of a family filled with angry jealous and deceitful people. Within that toxic environment Joseph’s brothers had watched their father play favorites with Joseph. Their jealousy had turned into resentment and hatred.

Adding insult to injury, Joseph was a dreamer.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. Genesis 37:5 (NIV)

BLINDSIDED BY ADVERSITY—BETRAYED BY FAMILY AND ENSLAVED

With so much animosity towards Joseph, one wonders what Jacob was thinking when he sent Joseph on a journey to meet his brothers by himself. Was he totally oblivious to the seething hatred brewing in his own household? Had he no concept of the danger into which he was sending his favorite son?

Talk about hostility. As soon as they saw Joseph coming in the distance the brothers immediately reacted with “Let’s kill him.” And they weren’t kidding! The firstborn, Reuben, intervenes and suggests that they not kill him, but rather throw him into a pit.

So they did exactly that. Then they sat down to eat lunch.

What happens next is just chilling.

Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? [27] Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites Genesis 37:26-27(NIV)

They sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver.


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