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However, life does not unfold as we expect and many times we suffer from a difficult start. Maybe you had very irresponsible parents and you are suffering the consequences of that. Maybe some of us have started something but we are finding difficulty moving forward.
Maybe some of you wanted started off well and all of a sudden there is a break. Or can I overcome a break up? He had a tough start and had many breaks in-between, but came out as one of the most successful people in the Bible.
His name is Joseph. As a result, Joseph had three stepmothers, ten step-brothers, one brother, and a step sister, all living together.
Can you imagine the trauma of living in such a home? This loss brought home the fragility of life. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.
Now Jacob 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. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
There was tension in this home. But as it usually is in dysfunctional families, this little picture here is just the tip of the iceberg. Jacob hastily divided his family and flocks and sent them on ahead. It must have been a scary time for Joseph, who was only a young boy. Dad was staying behind alone at the Jabbok River.
The next morning, Joseph saw his father limp into the camp. Why are you limping, daddy? And he heard of how his father wrestled with the angel of the Lord all night, and how when he finally submitted to God, he was blessed and got a new name from the Lord.
He blesses those who realize their own brokenness and guilt and long for God more than anything else. Imagine the imprint this made on this young man!
Genesis 35 tells of another spiritual marker when Joseph was 13 years old. His father took the whole family to Bethel, where they came to the place where Jacob had his first personal encounter with God. Years before, running for his life from Esau, Jacob laid down and slept on the ground, where he dreamed about a great ladder which came down from heaven and touched earth, with angels ascending and descending.
God was letting Jacob know that God was in control of his life. Joseph heard his father speak of the covenant relationship that began then between God and himself.
Then his dad called them to enter that covenant themselves. I believe Joseph and brothers gave their lives over to God with fresh surrender. Joseph stood in the long shadow of the godly. These difficult moments combined with the lessons Joseph picked up in his early years, helped him break the cycle of a dysfunctional home, a bad start and become one of the heroes of the faith.page iii.
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O h yes! Joseph and his brothers argued and fought. Competitiveness, alliances, jealousy, and their father’s favor fueled the feuds. Jacob’s twelve sons had four different mothers.
And, there are the patriarchs, the sons of Jacob, hating Joseph because he had something they did not have: the father’s blessing and visions of his leadership over them. “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children ” (Gen. 3). The family coat (many colors) was also in his possession.
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Example 1—working linearly from the dynamic to the social: Joseph's coat of many colors. The first example is a theoretical example based on the character of Joseph from the Bible (Genesis, ). At 17 years of age, Joseph is 1 of 12 brothers, 10 of whom are his half-brothers born to 4 different mothers.