Joseph’s Journey to Slavery
Jacob was third in line from the promise of God. The first was Abraham who the Lord told would have descendants as many as the sand on the seashore and as the stars in the heavens. Isaac was the second. The promise was passed on to him because he was the promised son of God to his father. Jacob is next. Of course the promise was passed on to him as well. During Jacob’s life, the Lord changed his name to Israel. Jacob had twelve sons, which would become the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph was one of those sons.
Joseph was almost the youngest boy in the family. You can imagine how the older brothers treated their much beloved brother. When Joseph was seventeen he told on his brothers to his father. It didn’t help that his dad, Israel, “loved Joseph more than any of his other sons…” (Gen 37:3). He even made a very special, very expensive, multi-colored robe for Joseph. “When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” (Gen 37:4).
One night Joseph had a dream in which his sheave of grain in a field rose up and the other sheaves bowed down to his. Of course Joseph’s brothers interpreted this dream to mean that they would eventually one day bow down to their brother. “And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he said” (Gen 37:8).
Year 1, Week 16 Bible story from the Main Street Curriculum