Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.
2 These are the generations of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.
31 Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.” 33 And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.
This story is just beginning but if the brothers of Joseph thought that by selling their own brother into slavery then lying about it by telling their father he had been destroyed by a wild animal meant they would never have to deal with Joseph ever again, they were sadly mistaken. Jacob, upon discovering Joseph’s tragic death, declares that he will mourn for him every day until he dies. Joseph is not gone from the story of their lives or from the story of God. They will see Joseph again and so will we (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What does this passage tell you?
- How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for a renewed sense of the Holy Spirit with you.