"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."
(Genesis 37:3-4 KJV)
In the Old Testament, Genesis Chapter 37, is a story of the beloved son of Jacob and Rachel, Joseph, who had a rough life. His ten older brothers were jealous and hated him because their father loved him more than they. They sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:19-28) and told their father, Jacob, that he was eaten by a lion.
He was sold in Egypt to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh's guard, and he did so well that Potiphar made him overseer of his household (Genesis 39:7-20). Potiphar's wife got him thrown in prison when she couldn't seduce him. But in jail he did so well that he was given charge of all the prisoners, including Pharaoh's former butler and baker who both had dreams that Joseph interpreted correctly because God told him what they meant (Genesis 39:7- 40:4). The baker was executed and the butler lived to tell Pharaoh about Joseph's ability to interpret dreams. Our God told Joseph what Pharaoh's dream meant and Joseph eventually became the second most important man in Egypt (Genesis 41:33-44).
There is a lot more to this story and as always a reason for our God to include it in His Bible so read Genesis 37- 50 to know more about this godly man. Meanwhile let's look at Joseph and his attitude toward the problems he had. He showed no hate against his brothers who sold him and he had to know they did it. When made a slave after being a favored son of a rich man, he still did a good job at anything they gave him to do from possibly cleaning the stables and horses to being put in prison for something he didn't do. He doesn't seem bitter.
Would we have done as well? Could we have kept from being bitter? Try getting closer to God by reading His Word and praying, helping your struggling brother, doing a menial job the best way you can and thanking God you can do it.
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Flo & Bill