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Joseph Hated by His Brethben.

Joseph Hated by His Brethben.

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,


GENESIS xxxvii. 3. 4.

NOW Israel loved Joseph more than all his
children^ because he was the son of his old
offe : and he made him a coat of many
colours. And wlien his brethren saw that
their father loved him more than all his
brethreny they hated him, and cotdd not
speak peaceably to him.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,


GENESIS xxxvii. 3. 4.

NOW Israel loved Joseph more than all his
children^ because he was the son of his old
offe : and he made him a coat of many
colours. And wlien his brethren saw that
their father loved him more than all his
brethreny they hated him, and cotdd not
speak peaceably to him.

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JOSEPH HATED BY HIS BRETHBE.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,GEESIS xxxvii. 3. 4.OW Israel loved Joseph more than all hischildren^ because he was the son of his oldoffe : and he made him a coat of manycolours. And wlien his brethren saw thattheir father loved him more than all hisbrethreny they hated him, and cotdd notspeak peaceably to him.I PROPOSE now to enter on the history of Joseph, one of the most interesting in aU theOld Testament. It is at once peculiarlyaffecting and instractiye; the language of the narrative is of the most simple and un-adorned kind : yet there are instances of thep«h«dc, „d i sucg u»p»d»«l feelingin it, such as are perhaps no where else tobe met with. I shall not attempt to add anyJOSEPH HATED BT HIS BRETHRE. 365colouring to the simplicity of the style, orthe pathetic touches of inartificial beauty bywhich the original is distinguished. You wiifeel it the most as you read it in its ownartless and impressive words. I shall do nomore, throughout this sermon/ than advertto the facts, and endeavour to deduce fromthem such instruction as may be profitable.Joseph was the son of Jacob by his beloyedwife Rachel, and was the last bom of all hissons, except his own brother Benjamin, ingiving birth to whom Rachel had died, andwho probably was but little more than aninfant at the time of the circumstances whichare now to be narrated. In consequence of this Joseph was more tenderly beloved byJacob than all his other children, who had
 
been bom to him before by Leah and the twohandmaids, Bilhah and Zilpah. He seemsalso to have been more pious and moralthan his brothers, for he observed certain evildoings of theirs, and reported them to hisfather, esteeming it his duty that his fathershould know of their ways, that he mightreprove and correct them ; and in fact, hewhemmri^ ^V^emms of nlt^mf^ fMurtinlijky^ t^ivwi^ him im Him hsm$t #f fai$fi^er^ whkh if dcM; knj^rof^f i^ wa3 «itl?Mt Aiiiwiaelj dieim by Ids loaki]^ bim ^ nfmt of ««P7 fiolium/' fiK>lmhlf MD»e fiitMj#]»9fi^ 1>7 wikh Im w^s ^HlOTgoi<Ju»4 idtoveId^ brpdparp. P«is?Qt9 aboold )>e emfM wi\o m9if» mi^w 4jlstjfQP|io«9i ^ «P7 ]cw4fW^eng Ij^ir i4i^€«i : lli^ ie94epiej of mi^^ $0 f rod^ea BupeipiU9i90iiQ8s in tb» iifwofmA^d, 9»A ^mvY md bathed i^ fke oOm^,Hack W9i» t]h9 ^fect ippo^ Josh's Vr^t|lliBA^l the aoBe b^f<^e U9 ; '' ik^j hate4 him andeovld pot speak peaoeabjj t^ hiQif' th«irsiwcb revived 90 ste^fl^ ^, prc^uiUe^^ mdthwr feejlqigs towmrds htfo were so h^h^osfijreiiniged; that iiiirohintffrijjr 9^ it wew iJwy)»p^e shaq)ly jaiid bitterfy jto bim on aIIoc^asioqs. ApM)jth^r cipreAJmsti^A^e ^oc^ 00cmred which isflwied their mikiu^ity tb^HjuH-e. Joseph drewn^d Hhi^t w titey w«tall biodiip^ Bheares in th^ ^Id, his A^BT HIS BRETSBE. 80Vstood upii^t^ and all thein rtood round,flAd BMde ebeisanoe : tins ke rektod toflifitti: <h^ imdemtood k « intiaud^ke should kave dominion a¥ar than, tnd theyIfitod him jret more fer this. Again kecheuned, that the son and Ae moon and
 
the eleven ataift made obeisance to kim, a»dthis he also xdated to his lather and h» kie-Hapem His fadrar saw the import of tiliedream; and though he endearouied to chedtmy yvoAy and pride which Jofireph mightioel i^ coMe<|tt€iQce, yet he observed Aesecjiwnmstatices^ as foir^diag something tx*'tiawdinaiy^ while the envy of his brethrenkiGreaaed the higher. Ike long an oppw*tnaity was affinrded them fer gntUying tharhatred, and effeotnaily preventing^ as they&oaght, the accomplishment of his dteands.When they were at Bome distance from hoii^feeding the flocks, Joseph was sent by hisfiriher to see if they were well, and to bringhim word again^ As soon as they saw hhn,even while he was yet at a distance^ theyconceived a horrible intention against faha^^' Behold/' said they,/' this dreams cometh ;368 JOSEPH HATEDcome now therefore, and let us slay him, andcast him into some pit, and we will say someeril beast hath devoured him ; and we shallsee what will become of his dreams." Letus take some notice here of the wonderfulworking of God, who often effects his pur-poses and brings his counsels to pass bymeans of the attemjpts of wicked men toprevent them. The brothers of Joseph laytheir measures to destroy any meaning whichthere might be in his dreams. But theyknew not with whom they had to do : theyforgat that the counsel of the Lord wiUstand, and he will do all his pleasure : there-forei unwittingly they adopt the plan whichWas to accomplish his purpose : the verymeans which they concert to overthrow anysupposed exaltation of Joseph over them, arethose which in process of time bring aboutthat event. It was the very same in the baseof our adorable Lord and master. Herodand Pontius Pilate, the High Priests andrulers, the Scribes and Pharisees, the great

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