(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 1- 4 (ESV)

(Jacob Favors Joseph which Antagonizes His Brother’s Animosity Toward Him)  

1Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.

2These 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. 3Now 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. 4But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 5-11 (ESV)

(Joseph’s 2 Dreams Intensify Their Jealousy) 

5Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7Behold, 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.” 8His 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.

9Then 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.” 10But 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?” 11And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 12-17 (ESV)  (Jacob Sends Joseph To Report On His Brothers) 

12Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13And 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.” 14So 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. 15And 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.” 17And 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.

(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 18-24 (ESV)

(Reuben Rescues Joseph So The Brothers Don’t Kill Him

18They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20Come 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.” 21But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22And 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. 23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 24And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

(5) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 25-28 (ESV)

(Joseph Sold For 20 Shekels of Silver)

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

(6) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 37: 25-28 (ESV)

(They Fake Josephs Death which Greatly Disturbs Jacob)

29When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes 30and returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone, and I, where shall I go?” 31Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32And 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.” 33And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” 34Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35All 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. 36Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

(7) Message map:

Genesis 33: 120

Joseph Is Jumped and Jostled Off To Egypt

Bouncing Back from Betrayal

(8) Gen 37: 1-3 — Jacobs Favoritism Jeopardizes Josephs Relationship with His Brothers  

Let’s analyze what’s happening in Gen. 37: 1-3.

(9) Gen 37: 1-3 — Joseph’s 1st Dream Prophesies He will rise above His Brothers who will bow to him  

Let’s analyze what’s happening here: The KJV highlights it as…

In Gen 42 – 45 The brothers indeed bow to Joseph! In Gen 46 Jacob comes and bows before Joseph.

(10) Gen 37: 1-3 — Joseph’s 2nd Dream Prophesies He will rise above His Father and Mother too 

Rev. 12: 1-2 1And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman Israel clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant (with Christ) and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

11And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.  — much like Mary treasured things in her heart about Christ (Lk 2:19 & 51).

A Few Word About Dreams

(11) Yellow – Maps Jacob Is Concerned About his sons working near Schechem

(12) Gen 37: 1-3 — Jacob Reaps What He Sows When Deceived About Joseph’s Death   

Jacob reaps what he sowed when they fake Joseph’s death because …

 (13) Jacob Is Wrong About going to Sheol mourning for joseph, who is alive!

Since Joseph is not where Jacob thinks he is, Jacob will not go down to Sheol mourning for him.

Gen 37:35 Scripture reveals sheol is the underworld place to which people descend at death. In the “Parable of Lazarus in Abraham’s Bosom” in Luke 16: 19-31, I believe Sheol has the following characteristics:  Luke 16: 19-31 is not a representation Heaven, because in Heaven we will not be watching people suffer in Hell Rev 21: 4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning,… Click To Tweet

  1. one is in vs. 22 for the righteous aka Abraham’s bosom to where angels carry Lazarus,
  2. and the other, in vs. 23, called “hades/hell” where those deemed wicked or unrighteous (1 Samuel 28,) are in “torment” and “anguish” from “the flame” described in vs. 24.
  3. A great chasm has been fixed between the 2 sides, so people cannot pass from one to the other. So once arrived in one place, you can’t get to the other!
  4. God does not allow the dead to come back and warn people about Hell (Heb 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,). Jesus said,  the only sign we get are the sign of Jonah, meaning someone like Himself, Moses and the prophets comes
  5. Luke 16: 19-31 is not a representation Heaven, because in Heaven we will not be watching people suffer in Hell Rev 21: 4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

(14) Gen 37: 1-3 — Summary Joseph’s Challenge Keeping His Eyes on God  

We must be sustained by Gods vision through trials

What do we think Joseph was thinking about his dreams at this point in his life.  Is Joseph …

  1. thinking his dream was a mistake — Yes/No
  2. thinking God has abandoned him — Yes/No
  3. thinking his life is a cosmic joke/mistake/waste — Yes/No
  4. wanting to get vengeance on his brothers — Yes/No
  5. worried about his dad/Jacob/sister(s) — Yes/No\
  6. fearful about his future having gone from favored son to a lowly slave — Yes/No

Wouldn’t these be the challenges we’d have to keep our eyes on God if this had happened to us?

(15) Gen 37: 1-3 Overview of Gods Plan for Joseph Whos Dreams Fortell His future  

Because we can read ahead, we can see Joseph’s dreams …

  1. an organized society with a command and control culture that effectively can be mobilized and directed into the work
  2. infrastructure that facilitates transporting food to storage facilities
  3. security to safeguard, manage and distribute food equitable

70 Israelites at this state of their existence cannot save that entire region of the world from famine.

(16) The brother’s sin against Joseph does not derail Gods plan for him

The brothers in fact are motivated to attack Joseph Because of Gods vision for him, but God uses what they planned for evil to fulfill His plan for joseph’s life!   

Gen 37: Genesis 37:20 20Come 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.”

The brothers’ assault on Joseph’s dream does not derail God’s plan!

Man’s sin against us does not derail God’s dream/plan for us.

Joseph foreshadows and parallels Christ in that they both are…

  1. clothed in majesty, with Christ being the immortal glory of Heaven (Phil 2: 6-10) and Joe’s being his ornate, colorful coat. Phil 2: 6-10 Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  2. stripped of their robes, the symbols of their special status.
  3. initiated through blood into world saving
  4. innocent and falsely
  5. persecuted for telling the God-given truth about their calling.
  6. betrayed and sold for silver.

(17) Gen 37: 1-3 — Summary Joseph’s Relationship with His Brothers  

  1. We must not let opposition and hardship overshadow our sense of calling and purpose. We must stay focused on waiting on God and who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do.
  2. In the middle of hardship we must press-in to God in prayer, Bible study and fellowship to focus on doing God’s Will God’s Way.

As sheaves these sinners are God’s ripened and harvested crop on earth, bound after reaping.  We note how Reuben is repenting of hurting his father from the sin he committed in Gen 35:22, and now tries to rescue Joseph, knowing he is dear to his father.  Few of us consistently are as bad as the worst things we’ve ever done.

As sun, moon and stars in the 2nd dream these sinners are proclaimed as reflecting heavens light, representing the totality of God’s people in grace on earth. According to our view, they were evil and dirty, but according to God’s view, they were bright and heavenly. Likewise, according to our human nature, we are ugly, evil, and unclean. Nevertheless, we have been chosen, redeemed, forgiven, regenerated, and transformed. Thus, we are God’s sheaves to be reaped by Him. We are God’s crop whom He eventually will harvest.  We too are reflecting His heavenly light!

(18) Let’s Pray that God Reawakens & Reinvigorates Us To Our Calls In Christ!

God, please work in us to revitalize the vision You have for our lives!

Work in us so we are not bitter when betrayed.

And help us to fulfill Your Great Commission by loving You with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.

Work in us so we love our neighbors as ourselves — with the love You fulfill in us.    

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