BSF Genesis: Week 26, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

5.
He walked about 100 miles.  His brothers plotted to kill him, thrown into a cistern, sold into slavery to the Ishmaelites/Midianites, taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar (here is a good map)

6.
a.
Reuben, Judah

b.
Distressed.  Pleading for his life.  Unjustly wronged

c.
Hatred for the message and favoritism of our Father

d.
guarded as a prisoner, stole his robe

7.
a.
20 Sheckels / 30

b.
He had been treated as something special, honored with an ornate robe.  He had only obeyed. Unjustly treated

c.
When things seem unjust and unfair.  When the innocent are victimized.

8.
a.
1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…. may be proved genuine…

b.
prophecy through dreams.  A walk with God (literally, for about 100 miles)

My Daily Journal:

It is easy to see the troubles surrounding Joseph.  He obediently walks almost 100 miles in search of his brothers and everything goes south.  But, in this story, just like in the challenges within our own life, we need to pull our eyes from “the troubles all around us” and see God’s amazing provision.

When they are ready to kill him, there just happens to be a cistern available.  It just happens to be a dry cistern.  No bones are broken throwing him into the cistern, no poisonous creatures are present.  Within minutes or hours at most a caravan just happens to be coming by.  It just happens to be heading to Egypt and the proprietors have cash, not just goods to sell.  Joseph just happens to be sold to Potiphar instead of into some other service. Backing up Joseph just happens to find someone who just happened to hear his brothers in Shechem, who, by the way, doesn’t choose to kill Joseph since he does belong to the family that killed all the men in Shechem in the not too distant past.  And, most amazing of all, Joseph, a guy, actually stops and asks directions!

I can see God’s hand in so many ways when I look for the blessings and the provision.

On  a different thought, I get it that these are his brothers, but I saw a strong lesson for myself and my children (and the children in my class) about carefully choosing our inner-circle of friends.  Let’s put it this way, if the people you are closest with are the ones who are willing to throw you in the cistern and kill you, having one phone call to call for help doesn’t do you much good.  Do I spend my time with people that would come to my protection or people that would throw me under the bus when they are angry?  How strong would my friends stand against the sentiment of the group?

BSF Genesis: Week 26, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

3.
a.
As prophecy of things to come.  To give Joseph guidance and fortitude

b.
He wasn’t street smart or worldly wise, but, is it unwise to share visions from above?

c.
Keep your audience in mind when delivering something sacred, the sweetness will turn to bitterness when mixed with their emotions and contempt

4.
He was his father’s favorite.  He was a dreamer. They were jealous of him and he came across to them as being arrogant

My Daily Journal:

I liked the discussion on Matthew 7:6, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”  While my answer stemmed from the viewpoint of the giver in the sentence, it is interesting to turn the tables and look at it from the opposite perspective.

Joseph’s brothers, and even father for that matter, were only able to see Joseph’s dream through the goggles of their own sinful heart.  They couldn’t rejoice for him that God might someday make him a king or ruler, they couldn’t see the blessings that might flow to them if he achieved such a stature.  They could only see him as something less than themselves.  What nerve for him to have such a dream.  Who does he think he is?  We need to knock him back down a few notches.

There is an old saying, when you lay down with dogs you get fleas.  In the same way, when you wallow in sin, you get dirty like a pig.  This is where Joseph’s family was.  With itchy fleas and mud-caked flesh, how could they have possibly seen God’s providential blessing for their brother and son?

But how often do I do the same thing.  My own sin clouds my ability to see God’s blessing.  My sin distracts me and irritates me so that I miss rejoicing and come across as upset, irritated or distracted.  Like Joseph’s brothers, the sin in my heart can make it so I can’t look past the mud.

But, that is also the beauty of the analogy of this scripture.  Through the saving grace of Jesus, God offers to wash my sins away and cloth me in new garments.  He offers to remove the scales from my eyes, as he healed the blind time and again.  All I need do is the same thing Joseph’s family should have done, repent my sin and seek the cleansing power of my loving Father.