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 September 26, 2018

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Text: Nahum
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“And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”
(Genesis 35:5 ESV)

Genesis 37 (ESV)

Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.

These are the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.” So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15 And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

18 They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer.20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.” 21 But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

25 Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.

29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes 30 and returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone, and I, where shall I go?” 31 Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.” 33 And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

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  1. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. Genesis 37:4

    Attitudes and Motives

    The Bible speaks directly about behavior that is sinful and that which pleases Him. Scripture makes clear that there are actions that honor God and those which dishonors Him. There is a clear dividing line between walking in the flesh, (the sinful nature), and walking in the Spirit, (in the power of the Holy Spirit). But the Bible goes beyond the things we do and goes into our attitudes and motives which drive our actions and behavior. 

    This goes all the way back to The Garden. When Satan tempted Eve, he said to her, "When you eat of it [the tree that is in the midst of the garden] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). God told her not to eat of it but because Eve wanted to be like God and know good and evil, she ate of the tree as did Adam.

    All through Jesus' ministry, He confronted the Pharisees not only because of the things they did but also their attitudes and actions for why they did what they did. He continually rebuked them for this. In their quest to show their worthiness to God by their good deeds (and their superiority over others who where "less spiritual" then they were), they were blind to their need for Jesus and what (who) brings eternal life.

    In today's reading, we learn that Israel (Jacob) "loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him" (Genesis 37:3-4). 

    Making matters worse, Joseph telling his brothers about his dream they understood to mean that one day he would reign over them. Talk about rubbing salt into your sibling's wounds. The darkness in the hearts of his brothers would soon be realized by Joseph in a life-changing way.

    But before this happens, Joseph shares yet another dream, this time he includes his father who rebuked him saying, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”

    Genesis 37:11 says Joseph's brothers jealous of him. 

    This reminds be of the story of Cain and Abel. Back in Genesis 4:3-5 we read, "In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell." 

    Cain's anger towards his brother (and God) boiled over and in Genesis 4:8, "Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him."

    As today's chapter continues, Israel sends Joseph out to check in on his brothers and bring him word (Genesis 37:14). Can you imagine your little brother "reporting" to dad where you are and what you're doing? They didn't like it one bit and when they saw him coming, they conspired to kill him. 

    Even though Reuben convinces them to not kill him, they decide to throw him into a pit in the wilderness (with no water). How merciful, huh? Talk about brotherly love! Then they decide to sell him into slavery for twenty shekels of silver. 

    Reading about them stripping Joseph of his robe of many colors reminded me when Jesus was stripped of His robe before being crucified (Matthew 27:28). Reading about them selling Joseph for twenty shekels of silver reminded me of Judas betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of sliver (Matthew 26:15).

    If things couldn't get any worse, to cover their sin, they dipped Joseph's robe in blood and said to their father, "This we have found; please identify whether it is your son's robe or not" (Genesis 37:32). I image there wasn't many multi-colored robes. This news devoted Jacob as Joseph was his favorite. 

    While Joseph’s brothers tried to hide their secret from their father, they couldn’t hide it from God. God had a plan that we will watch unfold as we continue reading through Genesis. 

    When we sin, we might be able to hide it from others but we can’t hide it from God. When we want to hide something from God, we should ask ourselves why whatever it is we're about to do is more pleasing to us than us pleasing God in that moment.

    Have you seen the downward spiral of sin impact your life and the lives around you?

    Have you ever been betrayed by a sibling or someone in our family?

    Have you experienced sin taking a hold of you or someone you love and then to conceal it, lies and manipulation follow?

    Do you ever think about God watching us when we sin?

    More than God watching us when we sin, He knows our every thought!

    Here is a article on God knowing our thoughts:

    I pray God uses Genesis 37 to help us learn the lessons He has for us to learn today!

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