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Genesis 37:1-36

Genesis 37:1-36

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Published by John Shearhart
God is aware of our sufferings and He’s able to help us in them but even more: He’s designed them and intentionally given them to us. These little things are always right on schedule and are nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us!
God is aware of our sufferings and He’s able to help us in them but even more: He’s designed them and intentionally given them to us. These little things are always right on schedule and are nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us!

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Genesis 37:1-36
 January 15, 2014
Genesis shows us the lives of many of the Israelite fathers. We
ve gone from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Isaac to Jacob and now we
ll see Joseph. But it 
s important to remember that none of these are the main character. If we look at the Bible as a whole then we know that the Main Character is Jesus Christ, and all these genealogies and types culminate in Him. That 
s especially important to remember in Genesis 37 because God is never mentioned though He
s obviously present. Everything in this story is directed by Him in order to fulfill the promise made to Adam, Noah, Abraham, and all the rest: there will be a Redeemer and a blessed people. The Redeemer and the people will suffer and sometimes feel abandoned but all things work together for their good. I can
t think of a more evangelistic and hopeful book and chapter than Genesis 37. It begins with a contrast against Esau:
 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
Esau had settled in the land of Seir. He joined with the kings there and had much success, but he had to leave the Promised Land to do it. Jacob however dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger. He continued to live in the place where he had no permanent dwelling because this was the place God had promised. My mind goes to Hebrews 11 where we read that
 By faith [Abraham] sojourned in the  land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and  Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
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 For he looked for a city which hath  foundations, whose builder and maker is God
 (Heb. 11:9-10).
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These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was  feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah,
and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his
 father their evil report.
Here
s the first strike against Joseph. They were doing something wrong and  Joseph told on them for it. Don
t mistake this as a little thing. The light reveals wicked deeds so evil men hate the light.
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 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
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 And when his
 
brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they  hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Here
s the second strike against Joseph. Not only did Jacob love him more, he made a coat to show it. The blatant favoritism made the brothers hate him more than they can stand. They can
t even speak peaceably to him.
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 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated  him yet the more.
Here
s the third strike and the one that makes them try to kill him.
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 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and  made obeisance to my sheaf.
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 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou  indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they  hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
They hate him for having the dream and they hate him for telling them about it. How can he, one of the youngest brothers, rule over them? He
s nothing more than a shepherd.
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 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said,  Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
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 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren  indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
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 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
He has a second dream (which he later tells Pharaoh is confirmation that a dream will come true; Gen. 41:32), and this time he also tells his father. Jacob initially rebuked him, but he was no stranger to dreams and being at odds with family. He
observed
 the saying and stored it away in the back of mind. He
ll have to watch and see if this thing really is from God or not.
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 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.
 
Don
t forget what Simeon and Levi did to the Shechemites. This was a dangerous place for them to be because any of the surrounding people might know who they are and seek revenge on them.
 
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 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
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 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
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 And a certain man  found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked  him, saying, What seekest thou?
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 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I  pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
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 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
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 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay  him.
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 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
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Come  now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will  say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
They recognize him from a distance (probably because of his coat) and make a plan to kill him and throw his body into a pit. They
ll cover it up by saying a wild animal ate him and then they won
t have to hear any more of his dreams.
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 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said,  Let us not kill him.
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 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast  him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he  might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
For whatever reason Reuben
doesn’t 
 want Joseph
s blood on his hands. He suggests throwing him into the pit for a while and then coming back to get him later. This will teach Joseph a lesson but it won
t kill him.
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 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they  stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
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 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
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 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to  Egypt.
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 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
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Come, and let us sell him to the  Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our  flesh. And his brethren were content.
It 
s baffling that they can sit down to eat; it 
s even more so that they can say
let us sell him
 and
he is our brother and our flesh
 in the same sentence. The reason

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