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Roses in Ashes

Genesis 37:3,4,10,22,26,27,35,36 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms... He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”... Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father...Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him... Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

I have only taken a few verses to try and give a brief of the chapter but before you read any further, I encourage you to invest a few minutes to read the chapter in its entirety.

We move from the life of Israel to that of his children and in specific, to Joseph, his most loved child. This partial love was evidenced in the technicolor tunic and it became a reason for a rift in Israel's household among his children.

Why does God permit His own to suffer so much to achieve what He intends?

The dreams Joseph had were certainly odd because he, though among the youngest, was being given respect by his family, something that is not culturally possible because the oldest male naturally gets the respect of the family.

In Israel's life, it was the same thing that caused much grief for his father Isaac and his brother Esau. Israel was the younger, yet stole the blessing of the older and that blessing continues to this day.

Israel's partiality towards Joseph, Joseph's uprightness in his family and the dreams that he had became a reason for a great rift in the home and that is what caused his brothers to hate him and sell him to the Midianites.

However, regardless of all the issues in that home, God had better plans and we will see it come to pass in the next few chapters but do you see the similarity between Joseph and Jesus? Joseph's chosen-ness, his persecution, enslavement and blessing?

Jesus was His father's most loved child and left the comforts of His life to live among the lost and was persecuted and put to a shameful death on the cross. However, all of the persecution and the shameful death only served to fulfill God's plans for humanity.

In much the same way, our lives are lived by choices we make and without God in our lives, we live for our own selves and that life leads to destruction. With God in the helm of our lives, our future is secured, our present is directed by Him and our choices are steered towards His glory.

I pray today that we would not hold God responsible for our situations and problems but turn our problems to Him for His mediation and resolution. God loves us regardless of our brokenness and wants to call us His own. Are you willing?

In His Loving Service,

ServantBoy

Amos 6:4-7 Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles, And the sprawlers’ banqueting will pass away.

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1.14.2011

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