As I begin to write this evening, which I totally intended to write earlier today, I am feeling very satisfied and accomplished. I have been off the last few days and have been quite busy and successful at wrapping some things up that have been hanging for a while. You know God’s timing is always perfect and the longer I live the more that becomes so very apparent to me. Things that I can seemingly never get accomplished finally fall into place and when they do, you know it is just the right time. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering, just accomplishing tasks that I have wanted to do for quite a while. Now they are done and I shall return to my regular job tomorrow to rest… lol.
So with that said, I will continue my writing that I started yesterday, actually. I have pecked around on it some today, but mostly done yesterday and this morning early. It just seemed to not come together and if you read my last couple of posts – especially the INFORMATION UPDATE one, you will know that I do not write a word without praying about it first. Before I type and all the while I am typing I talk to God as to how to say things that will be just how He wants me to say them. I sometimes have to just get out of the way and let God guide my hands because I think it should say one thing and then when I redo it … it is so much better. As you will see in my first paragraph below, there was some confusion and wassailing back and forth on a particular technicality discrepancy in the scripture. It doesn’t change the outcome of the story and so I chose to go forward with the story and worry about finding out the “truth” – that is what the original text said – on my own time and follow up at a later time with an explanation. So, without delaying another second, read on…
I am sitting here in a quandary. Why? Because I want to start the story of Joseph (one of Jacob’s sons) with a little history and “the incident” with his brothers, but am not certain where to start. One reason, is because there is a cloudy technicality in the scriptures that I have not been able to clear up yet. However, it really doesn’t make that much difference so I could just tell you the particular part that is tripping me up and then find out and readdress it at a later time.
You see in Genesis 37 there is the story of Joseph (the one with the coat of many colors) going out to find his brothers on his father’s request. His father is Jacob and Joseph was loved by Jacob. In fact he loved him more than the other sons … here is the scripture.
Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Remember this is a young man of 17 years old. He was probably a bit “full of himself” and a bit showy. After all, he has this beautiful coat of many colors, which was considered to be like what royalty wore. It was quite obvious that Joseph was favored by his father and that will not fare well for Joseph, we will see in a little while. Jacob loved Joseph more mainly because of two reasons, I believe. 1) he was born from his beloved Rachel and 2) he was born of Jacob’s old age, like the scripture says, and 3) I believe Jacob recognized something very special in Joseph – namely because of the dreams that Joseph would share with them (we will see what those dreams were in a little while). I believe Jacob remembered the dreams that God gave Jacob and this was a sign to him that God was speaking to Joseph’s heart and spirit as well.
So Jacob had this beautiful coat made for Joseph but it was an outward sign to the other sons of his favoritism and it did not go over very good with them. Now Jacob, being a man of God, surely taught his sons (family) the importance of loving each other and being kind to one another. However, that old human nature still creeps in and stirs the pot of dissension, hatred and evil. Even today, if we are not diligent about seeking the Lord in all that we do, we will fall prey to the wiles of our human nature and allow it to run rampant as these brothers did with Joseph. Let’s see what the next part of the scripture says.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
8 And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Sharing the first dream was bad enough but then the second dream really got them going. Even Jacob. If you have been following the journey of Jacob you might remember that Rachel, the mother of Joseph passed away in child birth of Joseph’s youngest brother, Benjamin. Through my studies and research, the “mother” Jacob is referring to here is the “legal mother” which would be Leah. Laban (Rachel’s father) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah (the eldest) first and then Rachel (the youngest). So, the mother mentioned by Jacob in this scripture is Leah, his legal mother since Rachel is dead now.
Notice verse 11 – 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. Jacob is pondering in his heart all that Joseph has shared. Has there ever been a time when someone has told you something that you thought they were crazy? How about when someone told you they had a dream about God or had heard from God and have you ever thought they had really heard from God or they were just spouting off? I can say that I knew a person before that would say things that would make me wonder and ponder what they said. Never did I “rebuke” them … because that is just not what I do. But I did wonder if they really believed and had heard from God about what they were telling me or not. Maybe we need to not jump so quickly when someone shares things like that with us. Maybe we need to “ponder” them a bit and let things play out before we accuse or decide they are crazy. Experience speaking here. Even when God has given me a vision or spoken to my heart, I even doubt that sometimes. I am learning, though, that when I hear that still, small voice and feel His presence I stop and I take notice.
Later, the scripture records the trip that the brother’s took to feed their flock of sheep. If you read any of The Good Shepherd series I did earlier this year, you will remember that shepherds are constantly moving their flocks to the best grazing land. Apparently the brothers had done so, and Jacob wanted a report of how they were doing. So, who else can he send but Joseph. This will not be a good trip for Joseph but it will be the beginning of a wonderful part of Joseph’s life and learning. I will end here and pick up the “rest of the story” about Joseph’s journey to find his brother’s tomorrow.
God speaks to His children. God shares His love through many ways. Through His creation, through family and friend and I believe, He even shares love through our beloved pets. We might need to stop and take the time to listen more often and/or own our feelings and not just shrug it off as our minds playing tricks on us. If it is God and He wants to share something with you, stop and listen. He loves to have conversations with His children. He is waiting right now. Call out to Him today. He loves you so much. He calls you His beloved.
The Song – The Love Of God – Mercy Me (with Lyrics)
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