Summary: Part 1 of 3 (Hope, Faith, & Love)
Text: Gen. 37-50
1. My sister while she was here last week shared with me some stories she’d uncovered while visiting with some relatives. She is very much into genealogies and the history of our family. She told me of German ancestors that I didn’t know existed, of possible connections we have to Native Americans, and other European blood lines that are significant to my heritage.
2. Although physically, we each are a culmination of our ancestors, who we are is a product of how we choose to respond to the events surrounding our lives.
3. This week, during VBS, I had the opportunity to submerse myself in the role of Joseph. I considered coming to the pulpit as Joseph but decided preaching in a dress and make-up might not be well received.
4. The account of Joseph is recorded in Genesis beginning in chapter 37. Joseph was the son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac (also known as Israel), and the great grandson of Abraham. He was the twelfth son of Jacob and the eldest son of Rachel.
5. As a youth, Joseph had dreams of ruling over his brothers and parents; for this his brothers hated him and plotted against him.
As I began preparing for the role of Joseph that I played in VBS, I read through the Biblical account of his life. It occurs to me that Joseph could have questioned God at a variety of crossroads: “Why?”
I. A Legacy of Hope begins when we trust God for our future.
Questions for God
a. Why did my brothers hate me so much?
i. Gen. 37:18-20, 23-24
18 When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.
19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer!
20 “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”
23 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;
24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
1. Wasn’t it God who gave Joseph the dreams? So why is it Joseph who had to suffer? Why did he get thrown into a pit to die?
b. Why was I sold into slavery?
i. Vs. 28
“Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.”
1. Joseph went from being the favored son to being a slave. Why? From having an ornamented robe to having nothing. From being loved and adored by his father to losing it all and having no one who care about him other than how much cash he’ll bring.
Tragedy tends to bring about questions. Is God really in control? Does He know what He’s doing? It’s really quite amazing; we, the created creature, questioning the Creator. What arrogance we have! Joseph could have asked more questions…
c. Why was I thrown into prison?