Genesis 37 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 37
10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
12 Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem. 13 When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them.”
“I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied.
14 “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me a report.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.
31 Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. 32 They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: “Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?”
33 Their father recognized it immediately. “Yes,” he said, “it is my son’s robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes and dressed himself in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long time. 35 His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “I will go to my gravemourning for my son,” he would say, and then he would weep.
Isaac had been buried by his sons Esau and Jacob (seems they were at least agreeable and brotherly enough to carry this task out).
Jacob’s Joseph had been having dreams, and started sharing them with his brothers and father. Jacob was quizzical wondering at the meaning of whether these were real… or just delusions of grandeur.
His obedient son seemed to be close to him, following orders to go to his brothers. Joseph listened and obeyed Jacob’s directions.
This act of obedience was the last thing that Jacob would remember his son by after he sees the blood stained coat he had gifted him.
The lasting memory would be one of honor.
Despite the unkind words that others may say, keep your cool. God has plans for you that are unlike those given to Joseph, Paul, or anyone else for that matter.
The memory of your obedience can draw emotion and inspire others to live a life of honor…well after you are gone.
Who knows…you might even return to your previous situation, victorious.
God – Help me to stay true to your calling, to the dreams that you have given me…and to share the joy of living for you with others.