In The Beginning God Chapter Twenty-Two

Kingwell By Kingwell, 19th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/31i7iotl/
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At seventeen years of age Joseph is clearly his father's favorite son, which does not endear him to his brothers. Being a Tattletale and a dreamer causes the cauldron to boil over.

Favorite Son

When we next hear from Jacob, his son Joseph is seventeen years old and out feeding the flock with some of his brothers. The boy appears to be what some would call a snitch for he brings stories to his father about how his sons are acting when he isn’t around. Now no one likes a stool pigeon but to make matters worse, their father has also made it clear that Joseph is his favorite by giving him a very special gift. “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 colors”. Genesis 37: 3. The odd thing here is that Benjamin and not Joseph would have been the son of his old age as he liked to call it. My guess is that both Joseph and Benjamin were his favorites because they were Rachel’s children too and she had been the real love of his life. In any case Joseph had not actually endeared himself to his brothers even though he may have been telling their father the truth.

The Dreamer

As if he wasn’t already in enough trouble with his brothers Joseph dreamed a very auspicious dream and off he goes to tell it to his brothers! “And he said unto them hear I pray you this dream that I have dreamed: For behold we were binding sheaves in the field and lo my sheaf stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance to my sheaf”. Genesis 37:6-7. Now we can all imagine his brothers’ reaction to that one! Was this little pipsqueak of a boy trying to say that he would one day be lord over them – indeed that they would all bow down to him? Of course, they told him in no uncertain terms just what they thought of both him and his dreams.
Nothing seems to daunt the young man however and when he has a similar dream a few nights later, he once again shares it, this time with his father as well as his brothers. “And he dreamed yet another dream and told it his brethren and said behold I have dreamed a dream more; and behold the son and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 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? And his brethren envied him, but his father observed the saying”. Genesis 37: 9-11.

Planning Murder

Perhaps because he is still very young, Joseph doesn’t always travel with his brothers but stays near home where he can be of help to his father. Once, when the brothers have taken the flocks to Shechem and Jacob has had no news of them for several days; and of course, not knowing the extent of the hatred that his older sons now hold toward Joseph, he sends him to check on them and see if all is well. By now the brothers’ hatred of Joseph has grown to the extent that they just want to get rid of him.
The men are no longer at Shechem when Joseph arrives but a stranger tells him that he had heard them speak of going to Dothan and so Joseph set out again and found his bothers there with the cattle and flocks. Seeing him in the distance Joseph’s bothers are anything but happy. “Here is that dreamer” they say and begin to plot as to what they might do to him. “Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, some wild beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams” Genesis 37:20.

Reben Plans to Rescue Joseph.

There is at least one of Israel’s sons, who think that they are going way too far however and that is Reuben the eldest of the ten. “And Reuben said unto them, shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand on him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again” Genesis 37:22. Reuben is clearly thinking of his father and how much it would hurt him to know that Joseph was dead. Did he perhaps have children of his own and knew the feeling of losing a son? Whatever the case Reuben wants nothing to do with murder, especially that of one of his siblings. “And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him; and they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it” Genesis 37:23-24.

Sold Into Slavery.

After this the brothers sit down to eat but Reuben, having other things to do has moved away and is not eating with them. Looking up a few minutes later they see company of Ishmeelites heading towards Egypt with a cargo of spices. Immediately Judah gets an idea, instead of killing their brother, why not sell him to the Ishmeelites! The others like the idea as there was no profit in killing Joseph and lying about it to their father and after all, he was their own flesh and blood. “Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver; and they brought Joseph into Egypt” Genesis 37:28.
Soon Reuben returns and the others may already have retired to their tents, for he goes at once to the pit, planning to set Joseph free and send him home to their father. When he discovers the pit to be empty Reuben goes berserk and confronting his brothers say “the child is not; and I, whither shall I go”? Genesis 37: 30. Reuben says this because he knows full well that their father will lay the blame on him since he is the eldest and therefore expected to be in control at all times. The others however, simply kill a kid of the goats, dip Joseph’s coat in the blood and take it to their father and say; “This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. And he knew it and said, it is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, for I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him”. Genesis 37:32-35.
Meanwhile the Midianites arrive in Egypt and sell Joseph to the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part Twenty-Three
See Part 1

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting Kingwell, we have been beset with evil thoughts right through with even siblings plotting to kill their own!

Maybe God tried and failed to reform us! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva, It gives us some idea just how bad things once were. We have progressed but there is so much further to go. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Great composition, Kingwell. Can't wait for the next chapter.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you joyesh. You are a loyal follower. Blessings.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
20th Jun 2015 (#)

What an excellent article, Josephs live was always interesting to me. Well done. You are a blessing

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Yvette. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Joseph and his dreams, thanks Kingwell.

The chosen people of God's have all of the faults of any other human too it seems.

I wonder if God's influence really changed anyone except the prophets.

None of these people seemed to grow into "good" people.

Scheming backstabbers, murderers, liars, adulterers, why would God ever choose such a people.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comment spirited. Humans have all sorts of traits as we eventually learn. Maybe Shakespeare was right - "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so'. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Reuben was as bad he wanted to cast his brother out in the wilderness where he would die eventually

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. Read the story again - Reuben wanted to return Joseph to their father. leaving him in the pit was just to give him a chance to free him and send him home. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
29th Jun 2015 (#)

WOW ~ valuable lessons can be learned from reading and getting understanding of this.

Thanks ~ Kingwell ~ for sharing this.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen. Today families sometimes stop speaking to each other, but few would take this this far. Blessings.

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