Advent 2010

Joseph pt 5

Read Genesis 50:15-21 After Jacob’s death, his brothers had a lot of reasons to fear what he might do to them. They even go so far as to put words into their father’s mouth (which was a bit foolish since Joseph was there when Jacob died). Joseph’s answer reflects an earthly forgiveness, but it does… Continue reading Joseph pt 5

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Advent 2010

Joseph pt 4

Read Genesis 42:1-11 You really should read this entire part of the narrative (Genesis 42-47). It has some tremendous stuff in it, including a fascinating passage about the consolidation of power in Egypt (ch 47). But for now, let’s just focus on the way Joseph dealt with his brothers. This is a clear anticipation of… Continue reading Joseph pt 4

Advent 2010

Joseph pt 3

Read Genesis 40:1-23 Often, our expectations exceed our ability. In Joseph’s case, he seems to have had little in the way of expectations and yet his abilities allowed him to see every dream fulfilled. Joseph had extraordinary abilities, but he also faced extraordinary opposition. His rise to power included being sold into slavery, being falsely… Continue reading Joseph pt 3

Advent 2010

Joseph pt 2

Read Genesis 39:1-23 Joseph is just one of those guys who rises to the top. Whether it was because of the training his father gave him or just his innate abilities, he consistently becomes the top man: in Potipher’s house (vv 2-4), in prison (vv 22-23) and later over all of Egypt (41:40-41). Sometimes we… Continue reading Joseph pt 2

Advent 2010

Joseph pt 1

Read Genesis 37:12-36 The old sin of Cain repeats itself here. Cain killed his brother Abel because Abel pleased the Lord. Joseph’s brothers want to kill him because he has their father’s favor. If it were not for the independent interventions of Ruben and Judah, they would have done it. Instead, he is sold into… Continue reading Joseph pt 1

Advent 2010

Joseph

Of all the narratives in Genesis, perhaps none has captivated people as much as that of Joseph. It has been fictionalized and allegorized almost to death. Let’s try to set aside what we think we know about the story. Although he had eleven older half brothers, he was Jacob’s firstborn by his favored wife Rachel.… Continue reading Joseph

Advent 2010

Jacob pt 5

Read Genesis 48:1-22 This passage is one of the strangest in Scripture. For one thing, it ends the story of Jacob’s preferred son and sets up a rivalry between two groups in the later Divided Kingdom of Israel (10th century BCE). Throughout the history of ancient Israel, this rivalry existed between Judah and Ephraim. All… Continue reading Jacob pt 5