I hope you were able to read yesterday’s post. I was away with my Aunt for the day so I left my work half done, then asked Joel to finish and post it for me. I will link my Jesse Tree Day Seven post here, and if you want to go back to it you can. As for today’s I will post below.
Emotionally it has been a hard week, so many thing keep coming up as we remember my uncle and all he meant to our family. We each have such an array of memories, from early childhood onto young adulthood – every single memory is good/funny, and it is great to listen to my aunts and uncles remember him. He was a guy with a heart of gold – every story is just that, a glimpse into the good guy he was.
Jesse Tree Advent Day Eight (Joseph/Coat of Colours Symbol)
(Genesis 45: 4-5) “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”
Joseph was one of Jacob’s (or Israel’s) 12 sons. Joseph was loved deeply by Jacob, in fact he was Jacob’s favourite son. Jacob had a beautiful robe specially made for Joseph, it was a robe of many colours – much like royalty would wear. This symbol of his father’s love made Joseph’s brothers extremely jealous. The did not like Joseph, because he reminded them that their father favoured one above the rest.
One day Joseph’s brothers came up with a plan to get rid of Joseph, they wanted their father to forget about him all together. So one day they attacked Joseph and then sold him into slavery. When they returned to tell their father a story of what happened, their father was so upset he mourned so deeply no one could comfort him.
Joseph was taken to Egypt where he was eventually imprisoned. While in prison, Joseph was given the opportunity to use his dream interpretation abilities to foretell of a great famine coming to the land. The pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph, he made Joseph second only to himself in all of Egypt. Joseph made plans, and gathered food in store houses throughout all of Egypt.
When the famine hit the land the only place prepared with a large food stock was Egypt. Jacob asked his sons to travel to Egypt and beg for food to feed their family. Little did they know the person they would bow down to and ask for help would be their own brother, the one they sold years before. Joseph embraced them and asked them to bring their families to Egypt and live with him there.
God’s plans are not always what we expect them to be. Often when awful things happen we cannot explain or understand the reasons behind why it happened. In this retold story of Joseph we can see how God used the brother’s mean actions for good later. God brought Jacob with his sons to Egypt, and while there God grew Israel’s family into a large nation. We can trust God even when we feel alone or unsure. We can rest knowing God has His plan at work.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Do you ever feel jealous of someone else? What are some ways we can help curb our feelings of jealousy?
How can we show someone else love after they have hurt us?
Why don’t we pray together and thank God for His forgiveness. We can share things we may envy of others and ask God to forgive us. Then let’s praise Him for all the good things He is – wise, loving, forgiving, and patient.