Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Chapter 36 and 37
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors Study
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors Bible Story
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Joseph's Coat Bible study looking into the absolutely awesome
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors Bible story and how it affects your
be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
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't you think? Today's lesson is a little
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
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 you?
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
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 Joseph's death.
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
New Testament Daily Bread
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