Day 143 | Sunday, 9 August 2020
The assigned Scripture lessons for this the 10th Sunday after Pentecost are: Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 and...
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28. (Message)
1 Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his father had lived, the land of Canaan. Joseph and His Brothers.
2 This is the story of Jacob. The story continues with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time, helping out his brothers in herding the flocks. These were his half brothers actually, the sons of his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought his father bad reports on them.
3 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat.
4 When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him - they wouldn't even speak to him.
12 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father's flocks.
13 Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers are with flocks in Shechem. Come, I want to send you to them." Joseph said, "I'm ready."
14 He said, "Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are doing and bring me back a report." He sent him off from the valley of Hebron to Shechem.
15 A man met him as he was wandering through the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 "I'm trying to find my brothers. Do you have any idea where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 The man said, "They've left here, but I overheard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'" So Joseph took off, tracked his brothers down, and found them in Dothan.
18 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him.
19 The brothers were saying, "Here comes that dreamer.
20 Let's kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We'll see what his dreams amount to."
21 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, "We're not going to kill him.
22 No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don't hurt him." Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back to his father.
23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing,
24 grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The cistern was dry; there wasn't any water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat their supper. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices, ointments, and perfumes to sell in Egypt.
26 Judah said, "Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence?
27 Let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let's not kill him - he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.
28 By that time the Midianite traders were passing by. His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who took Joseph with them down to Egypt.
Commentary: “Joseph’s dreams lead to hatred, jealousy, and more favoritism, fueling the flames of betrayal and violence. Reuben attempts to stop the brothers, who eventually allow their hatred to give way to greed. Shepherds sometimes relocated their flocks from a home base such as Hebron, to regions with better grazing during the summer. Dothan is near an international trade route. Their statement “We will see what becomes of his dreams” reveals jealousy as primary among their insidious motives. As firstborn, Reuben is responsible for assuming the role of his father in Jacob’s absence. He will need to answer for the harm done to Joseph. The garment is the tangible object of their father’s favoritism. Pits were routinely used as cisterns holding water, so the absence of water means Joseph is not yet dead. The caravan is described as both ‘Ishmaelite’ and ‘Midianite,’ assuming perhaps the Midianites were a subset of the Ishmaelites.” CEB Wesley study Bible page 52
Questions: Was favoritism ever shown in your family? Did you get jealous over the favorite?
Today: pray for those whose hatred stems from jealousy.