Sermon;Transition of Joseph

   TRANSITION OF JOSEPH  (PART1)

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flocks with his brothers. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age .But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him even more. He said; please hear this dream which I dreamed. There we were binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to him, shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall indeed have dominion over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. So he told it to his father and his father rebuked him and said to him; what is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you? And his brother envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. His father sent hi m to go and look after his brothers who had gone to feed the flocks and bring back the words to him.

Joseph went after his brothers and found them in a place called Dothan. Now when they saw him a far off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, look this dreamer is coming, come therefore, let us kill him and cast him into some pit and we shall say, some wild beat has devoured him. We shall see what will become of his dreams. Reuben his brother said to them, let us not kill him. Shed no blood but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness and do not lay a hand on him, his brothers stripped him his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him, then they took him and cast him into a pit. They now sat to eat. When they were eating they saw Ishmaelites coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balms and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, what profit can we get if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and his brothers listen and accepted to sell him.They pulled him out of the pit and sold him to the Ishlaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of a goat, and dipped the tunic in the blood. Then took the tunic to of many colors to their father and said. We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son’s tunic or not? He recognized it and said it is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; then his father tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist and mourned for his many days. All his family members arose to comfort him, but he refused and he said for I shall go down to the grave to my son in mourning. His father wept for him. Now Joseph has been sold to Potophar Pharaoh’s officer and captain of the guards, Because of time let me stop here, and we shall come to part (2) of this story on Sunday 19th May 2013.

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