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JOSEPH AND HIS COLORFUL ROBE
This is a story about Jacob’s son Joseph, whose life was as colorful as his robe. TOPICS: Behavior, Family, Jealousy, Joseph, Kindness
DURATION: Approximately 10 minutes Once there was a very old man named Jacob. He already had ten sons, when his wife Rachel gave birth to two more, first Joseph, then Benjamin. Of his twelve sons, Joseph easily became Jacob's favorite, because he was one of the youngest. Joseph grew up to be a good young man. He always acted in a godly and obedient way to his father. Because of this, his father gave him an expensive colorful robe. Genesis 37 (Paraphrased)
Now Joseph’s brothers, at least most of them, did not like him at all, especially when Jacob treated Joseph better than his other sons. Whatever Joseph did, or said, nothing pleased his brothers. When they were doing something wrong and Joseph would find out about it, Joseph would go and tell his father. He only wanted to help his brothers, but this only multiplied their hatred of him.
Could you imagine your brother snitching on you every time you did something wrong? Well, instead of doing what was right, they went right on with their business, no matter how annoyed they were with Joseph. The more they got in trouble, the more they disliked him. It was hard for Joseph, but despite his brothers obvious dislike for him, he still talked to them, especially about his dreams. One day he went up to them.
"Listen to this dream I had," Joseph said. "We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it." (Gen 37:6-7NIV)
His brothers questioned Joseph replying, “Are you saying that we are going to bow down to you, that you are greater than us?” They really got angry as they growled at him.
Poor Joseph scratched his head. Because he was young, he did not understand why they were so mad at him. Then guess what? He had another dream, only this time not only did he tell his brothers, but he ran to tell his father Jacob also.
"Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." (Gen 37:9 NIV)
Now his brothers were red with anger. His father Jacob became concerned and said to Joseph in dismay, “Oh Joseph, are you actually saying we are all going to bow down to the ground before you!”
This last dream bothered his brothers so much that they plotted to kill him. The opportunity came one day when Joseph's father sent him out to look for his brothers in a place called Dothan.
“Let’s remove his beautiful robe and kill him,” they said. “We will tell father that a ferocious animal ate him. Let’s see what this dreamer can do”.
The brothers plotted to carry out their plan. However, when he heard about the plan, the oldest brother Rueben devised a way to save Joseph. He said to the other brothers, “Let’s just throw him in this cistern.” Secretly, Reuben was hoping he could rescue Joseph later on. Another brother named Judah did not really want Joseph to be hurt, and said, “Why don’t we just make money by selling him, it will do us no good to leave him in the desert to die." “Yeah, you're right. We might as well make money off him as payback for the misery he caused us,” said another brother.
So they decided not kill Joseph, Instead they stuffed him in a deep well called a cistern. Joseph was stuck. He could not get out. Then a few hours later, a group of Ishmaelites came by and his brothers all agreed to sell Joseph to them like a slave.
The men, who bought Joseph, took him to Egypt, and he served there as a slave for many years. Because his heart was right with the Lord, God protected him while he was living there. Joseph worked hard and despite many other hardships, he eventually became very successful. Since the ruler of the land was so pleased with Joseph’s hard work, he made Joseph the second in command of all of Egypt. Once again, Joseph received an ornamental robe of fine linen, this time from the great Pharaoh of Egypt.
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