Jacob loved his son Joseph.
Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph was the first born of Rachel.
Jacob always loved Rachel more than his other wives.
Joseph was born to Rachel when Jacob was old. This made Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, special to him.
Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful multi-colored robe. This gift was unique. His brothers were envious.
Because Joseph liked his robe so much he wore it everywhere.
His brothers believed he wore it to flaunt his favored status. But, it did not seem that Joseph was that much aware of his brother’s envy.
Joseph’s brothers has a history of misbehavior. And it was common for Joseph to report their antics to his father. This made his brother’s more envious, adding fuel to the fire.
His brothers hated him and they treated him harshly.
When we first meet Joseph, he is seventeen. Not a great way to start an adult life – disliked by most of those around you, right?
Not only did Joseph’s brothers treat him this way home, he had to endure it at work because he worked in the family business.
It was a difficult situation. We’ll discover a bizarre event in the next post about Joseph.
Have you every worked in an environment where the boss played favorites?
How did you react? How did your coworkers react?
Have you ever worked in an environment where people disliked someone to the extent they gave him or her a hard time or tried to make them look bad?
Think about these interactions.
How should we act? What could we do to change the situation?
Some of the people you mentor and some of those in your audience have encountered this situation.
How would you coach them to handle it? How would you encourage them?
The apostle Paul teaches us that God does not play favorites (Galatians 2:6).
This holds for everyone on the planet. God loves each and everyone of us the same.
Jacob’s actions planted the seed of envy and strife. While Jacob, most likely did not intend this outcome, he was human and made a common error in judgment.
The result”¦ Joseph’s brothers resented him made them want to get even. This was not good given their propensity to violence.
However, in the end God used this adversity to display His awesome power.
Next we look at how Joseph gets himself in more difficulty with his brothers.