THE BOOK OF GENESIS
CHAPTERS 36 & 37
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS STUDY
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY
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THE BOOK OF
CHAPTERS 36 and 37
JOSEPH'S COAT TROUBLE
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY ON JEALOUSY
Good day to all of you from
Daily Bread. It's a great day for a Daily Bread crumb again don'tcha think?
Today's lesson is a lil geography and genealogy and jealousy.
If you'll remember back to the story
where Jacob met with Esau again after 20 years, you'll recall that Esau went
back to live in Seir, south of the Salt Sea (also known as the Dead Sea).
Jacob and Esau together had too many
flocks, herds, servants, etc. for the land to support if they resided nearby
one another, much like what happened to Abram and Lot.
So Esau raised his family in Seir.
Seir was also the name of a Horite who lived in that area, and in those
times, when a family settled a certain area, the land was named after that
person. Esau's family became predominant in that area and the region became
known as Edom. Why not Esau? Because Edom was sort of a nickname of Esau's
since he asked Jacob for some of the red pottage (lentil soup or stew) that
he sold his birthright for. The name Edom means, Red, earthy; of blood.
That's why the Bible in several places says Esau is Edom.
JOSEPH'S COAT EVENT
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY WARNING
There are a few names in the list of
generations of Esau that will show up in future stories in Daily Bread, and
at that time we will alert you as to their ancestry, so if you happen to
look in your Bible at Chapter 36 of Genesis and see paragraph after
paragraph of names of kings and dukes and sons and daughters of Esau and
Seir, don't be alarmed. And that folks is the end of the history lesson.
Back to where we left off, Rachel had
died during childbirth, bearing Israel's twelfth son, named Benjamin. And
some things are just so beautifully written for touching moments or events
in the Bible, that you must experience the original words. For example:
Genesis 35:29. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto
his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried
Giving up the ghost means that he gave his spirit
back to God. And, gathered unto his people, means that he is united with
Abraham and his ancestors before him.
That brings us to the beginning of a
long story about Israel's (Jacob's) son Joseph. Joseph was seventeen now,
and he was out feeding the flock with his brothers Dan, Naphtali, Gad and
Asher. He told Israel that the others were behaving badly. Joseph was
Israel's favorite, being the son of his old age and Israel made Joseph a
coat of many colors. When his brothers saw that Joseph was Israel's
favorite, they were jealous and hated Joseph and never had a kind word to
say to him.
JOSEPH'S COAT DREAM
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY PROPHECY
Joseph had an awesome dream. He was
so excited about it he wanted to tell others. He told his brothers about it
and they hated him all the more. He explained his dream to them. He said
... We were tying bundles in the field and my bundle stood up and yours all
bowed in respect to mine. His brothers said, That'll be the day when you'll
ever rule over us. And they hated him even more for his dream and for
Joseph had another dream and told it
to his Dad, Israel and his eleven brothers. He dreamt that the sun, the
moon and the eleven stars bowed to him. Israel said, Honestly, do you
really think that I and your mother and your brothers will bow ourselves to
His brothers were jealous, but Israel
kept Joseph's dream in the back of his mind and pondered on it.
Shortly after that, Joseph's brothers
went to feed Israel's flock in Shechem. Israel sent Joseph to check up on
them, almost 50 miles away, to see if everything was alright, and to bring
him word back. A man found Joseph wandering in the field and asked, What
are you looking for?
Joseph said, I'm looking for my
brothers, can you tell me where they're feeding their flocks? The man said
he heard them say they were going to Dothan, which was another 15 miles
further. Joseph found them there, but when they saw Joseph coming from far
off, they made a plan to kill him.
JOSEPH'S COAT WAS LAST STRAW
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY ON HATE
Knowing they were far enough away from
home for anyone to find out, they said, Here comes the dreamer, let's kill
him and throw him in a pit, then we'll say that some wild animal attacked
him, and then we'll see what becomes of his dreams!
Reuben, Joseph's oldest brother, heard
the plan, but didn't agree with it. He said, Let's not kill him, it'll be
enough to just throw him in this pit in the wilderness. Reuben planned to
go back to the pit later to rescue Joseph and return him to their father.
When Joseph reached his brothers, they
grabbed him and took his coat of many colors and threw him into an empty pit
with no water. They sat down to eat and a group of Ishmaelites from Gilead
happened by with their camels, carrying spices and perfumes to Egypt.
Judah said, What do we have to gain by
killing Joseph and hiding his blood? Let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, not
kill him, he's our brother and our flesh.
The others liked the idea of profiting
from their brother, but before they knew it, some tradesmen from Midian
found Joseph, pulled him out of the pit and sold him for 20 pieces of silver
to a group of Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt.
When Reuben returned to the pit to
rescue Joseph, he was gone. Reuben tore his own clothes in sorrow. He told
his brothers that Joseph was gone and didn't know what to do.
JOSEPH'S COAT CREATES NEW LIFE FOR JOSEPH
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY DAD DECEPTION
The other brothers killed a goat and
soaked Joseph's coat with the blood. Then they brought it to their Dad,
Israel and asked, Isn't this Joseph's coat?
Israel said, It is my son's coat. A
wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without a doubt torn to pieces.
Israel tore his clothes and wore sackcloth and mourned for Joseph for a
long, long time. (Sackcloth is a course cloth of goat or camel's hair or of
flax, hemp or cotton, worn as a sign of mourning.)
Israel's children tried to console
him, but he couldn't be comforted. He said, I'll be sad until I die, over
Meanwhile, Joseph was sold again in
Egypt to a man named Potiphar, who was an officer of the Pharaoh and captain
of the guard. Joseph would become that man's servant.
JOSEPH'S COAT SUMMARY
JOSEPH'S COAT OF MANY COLORS BIBLE STORY CONCLUSION
And that's just the beginning of the Joseph's Coat story. Joseph's brother's jealousy over the dream and the coat had them do a horrible thing to their brother but when the world abandons you, God has a tendency to bring you into His fold. There's much more coming up so be sure to come back and find out
what happens next in your Daily Bread.
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