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Life of Joseph Part 1

Welcome everyone
remarks about great easter service
INTRO
Starting a series on the Life of Joseph
There is so much to be learned from his Life.
Today might feel a little different than some normal messages.
We are going to take the life of Joseph and
Go line by line and apply what we can learn from the Life of Joseph

37 *Now Jacob lived in the land where his father was a foreigner, in the land of Canaan.

2 *These are the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers, and the boy was with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.

3 *Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 *But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

5 *Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed. 7 *We were binding sheaves in the field. All of a sudden my sheaf rose up and stood upright, and your sheaves stood around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

8 His brothers said to him, “Will you really reign over us, or will you really have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “I have dreamed another dream. The sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing to me.”

10 *But when he told it to his father and his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers really come to bow down ourselves to you to the ground?” 11 *So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

/// PRAY OVER SCRIPTURE READING ///
Going back to his father, Jacob…
To understand… lets look back a generation
Going back to his father, Jacob…
Jacob fell in love...… Maybe a slow motion moment…
What could be more beautiful… Imagine a blistering hot day… In the horizon this cloud of dust as a heard was headed your way… and you catch the glimpse...
Of the beauty of a woman, hearding sheep… Her name was Rachael.
Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s nephew and that he was Rebekah’s son.
Then she ran and told her father Laban... HIS UNCLE
Story goes on that he begins to work for Laban
While staying with Labon, Labon said.. let me pay you for your hard work
Story goes on that he begins to work for Laban
Laban had 2 daughters…
Leah and Rachael
bible says that Leah’s eyes were tender, (Lazy eye?)
but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance… and the deal was…
Work for 7 years for Rachael's hand in marriage
after 7 years… Theres this big wedding!!!
But in the morning… Jacob realized Laban tricked him and gave him Leah
Jacob was obviously mad about this….
Laban said it was not customary to let the youngest be married first…
So a week later, he was given Rachael as well but had to work another 7 years…
the next few chapters in Genesis talks about all of Jacobs sons… 12 in all.
BUT he only had 2 with his true LOVE... Rachael… Thats important to understand going into the life of Joseph… He was Rachael's first born…
HIGHLIGHT THE LIFE 60 Seconds… /// Starting with Joseph and his dream
in Genesis Chapter 37
Lets pick up in Genesis Chapter 37

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers, and the boy was with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.

3 *Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 *But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

5 *Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed. 7 *We were binding sheaves in the field. All of a sudden my sheaf rose up and stood upright, and your sheaves stood around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

8 His brothers said to him, “Will you really reign over us, or will you really have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “I have dreamed another dream. The sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing to me.”

10 *But when he told it to his father and his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers really come to bow down ourselves to you to the ground?” 11 *So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

In verse 3, it says Israel - Jacob- loved Joseph more than all his sons...
Something to learn here… Jacob did to his sons what his Dad did to him..
Point 1 We need to learn from our past and stop passing on the bad things.
Jacobs father Issac favored Esau… Of all people… Jacob should have known how it felt to have a father show favoritism.
But Joseph, was the first born… to his true love Rachael.
think about this... in the story you will see Jacob fooled his father with clothing…
he dressed in animal skin to fool his father…
Jacobs sons fooled him with the coat…
clothing he made for Joseph by dipping it in blood to make him think Joseph was dead...
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We have to take a stand, and say SINS of past generations do not have to be passed on.
Personal about my past… what I come from... Refuse to pass it on
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Point 2 Sometimes in life you might be singled out
Joseph was singled out. Not of his own fault… but it was his reality…
Our Scripture for the day says in verse 3 ...
3 *Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.

3 *Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.

This symbolizes several things.
It had color - Color was hard to get. Very expensive...
It had color
Long sleeves. - Says they have money, inheritance
Not worn by workers. Like he was over his brothers.
4 *But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
did not like him.
It says that when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Joesph was singled out.
When people… even the closest ones see God moving or favor upon your life… something they don’t have… don’t be surprised when anger from those come towards you
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Dreams
5 *Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed. 7 *We were binding sheaves in the field. All of a sudden my sheaf rose up and stood upright, and your sheaves stood around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Will you really reign over us, or will you really have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

5 *Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed. 7 *We were binding sheaves in the field. All of a sudden my sheaf rose up and stood upright, and your sheaves stood around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

8 His brothers said to him, “Will you really reign over us, or will you really have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

The symbols of the first dream were agricultural (37:6–7). In them, there may have been a hint of the way in which his authority over the family would be achieved

9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “I have dreamed another dream. The sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing to me.”

The symbols of the second dream were celestial (37:9). The sun, moon, and 11 stars all bowed down to him. In the ancient world such astrological symbols often represented rulers. The dream, then, predicted the elevation of Joseph to a position of authority over his father, mother, and brothers—over the whole clan of Israel.

The symbols of the first dream were agricultural (37:6–7). In them, there may have been a hint of the way in which his authority over the family would be achieved

9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “I have dreamed another dream. The sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing to me.”

The brothers realized what the dreams appeared to be saying, but they could hardly believe it. Their angry response to the revelation, in contrast to Joseph’s honesty and faithfulness, demonstrated very clearly why none of them was God’s choice as future leader of the family, for those who would also be leaders cannot be consumed with jealousy and hatred over God’s choice. But in their jealousy and anger they missed an important part of the revelation—they too would be stars, that is, rulers. But that did not register with them. All they heard was that they would bow down to him.

The symbols of the second dream were celestial.
The sun, moon, and 11 stars all bowed down to him.
In the ancient world such astrological symbols often represented rulers.
The dream, then, predicted the elevation of Joseph to a position of authority over his father, mother, and brothers—over the whole clan of Israel.
The brothers realized what the dreams appeared to be saying, but they could hardly believe it.
Their angry response to the revelation,
in contrast to Joseph’s honesty and faithfulness,
demonstrated very clearly why none of them was God’s choice
as future leader of the family, they were consumed with
jealousy and hatred over God’s choice.
But in their jealousy and anger ...
they missed an important part of the revelation—
they too would be stars, that is, rulers. But that did not register with them.
All they heard was that they would bow down to him.
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we often get caught up, missing our dream because we are upset we didn't get someone else's dream
dream of the stars they were so upset, they didn't realize they to were going to be leaders of the nation… the 12 tribes of Israel....
The trap of comparison… The thought that I have to have a higher spot than the other guy...
dream of the stars they were so upset, they didnt realize they to were going to be leaders of the nation… the 12 tribes of israel....
Going into verse 12
His brothers were out tending to the sheep.
and Israel ( Jacob) sent Joseph to go check up on them.
When they saw him coming, they plotted to kill him...
in Verse 19 they said…
“The Master of Dreams Comes!!!”
and they plotted to kill him.
They stripped him of his coat and throw him into a pit.
They strip him of his coat and throw him into a pit.
Then they sat down to eat… Like it was a normal day
In verse 26

26 *Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 *Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let us not lay our hand on him, for he is our brother and our own flesh.” So his brothers agreed.

then they took his coat… dipped it in blood…
tricked his father Jacob
The story of Joseph in the Bible is one of my favorites because I feel like I can relate so well to him.
Joseph had a dream from God as a youth and instead of beginning to walk out that dream as he imagined he would, he went through a bunch of what seemed like detours, and his life ended up looking a lot different than I’m sure he had imagined.
While I’ve never been sold into slavery or wrongfully imprisoned, I have had life go differently than what I had imagined, seemingly in the opposite direction of the dreams God had placed in my heart.
CHALLENGE
NEVER GIVE UP… dreams from the past… can still be alive...
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