Hated by His Brothers

“And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, ‘Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.’ And his brethren said to him, ‘Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?’ And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, ‘Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.’ And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, ‘What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?’ And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” Genesis 37:1-11 (KJB)

In the first place Joseph was hated by his brethren because of the favoritism of their father toward Joseph. The special, magnificent coat was a long coat, with sleeves which placed him as more of a person of leadership, and authority; not a laborer.

In the second place they hated him because of his dreams.  He dreamed dreams which placed them on their knees before his feet. They did not like that at all so they would eventually conspire to do him in, and see what would become of his dreams then.

This story reminds me greatly of a parable Jesus tells in Matthew 21:33-46.  Why? Because there is this same jealousy and hatred by the religious leaders of Jesus’s day toward Jesus; which would lead to His crucifixion, burial, and His resurrection.  Please read Matthew 21.

Jesus also was Hated by His Brothers, His brethren.  “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” (John 1:11)

As with Joseph God was working His plan for Joseph’s brethren, and for the surrounding nations; so the plan was for the death of Jesus to redeem the world unto Himself.

The only way to God is through the death, the burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Believe Him

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