Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Yoseph; The Saviour Part 1

Gen;37: 1-11 "Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
  Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

When I think of all Mark and I are going through, I not only think of Job, but also Yoseph. As per my last blog entry, Mark and I know that G-d has the way worked out for us. It is just so hard to see how. Butt then, my thought turn to young Yoseph. 
When the then 17 year old Yoseph was thrown into the pit by his older brothers, knowing they would leaving him there to dies, he thought back to his father, Yacob. How would he take the news that his favourite son was dead. How would his older brothers explain it to their father?
Yoseph no doubt wished he had kept his mouth shut about the dreams he'd had instead of sharing them. He wished he haven't paraded about with the chieftain coat his father had given him. He didn't have to rub it in that he was father's favourite.
I am sure Yoseph prayed that Yahweh would get him out of this pit and return him safely back to his beloved father.
That was oldest brother Reuben's plan. Maybe then he could get back into father's good graces.
Yoseph did get out, but not the way he had hoped.
Knowing they really couldn't kill their little brother, the other men (the brothers were between 30s and 50s) they took Yoseph out of the pit and sold him as a slave.
Once the money was divided, the brothers killed a goat and dipping Yoseph's coat into the blood, these men went to their father to deceive him, to make believe that an wild animal killed Yoseph, that he was no more.
They thought they had killed the Dreamer and his dreams, that Yoseph was out of their lives once and for all:
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt."
Yoseph no doubt thought this was the end of his life as well. The golden boy no longer golden, no longer the little prince, he was now a slave, and the fate of a slave was no better than a dog.
What Yoseph thought as the end, was only the beginning of the salvation of the family of Yacob.
And G-d would use the very one that was casted away to do so.

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