Tomorrow we're beginning a new sermon series Broken Chains, based on the story of Joseph in Genesis. It's a fascinating story of a family that lived almost 4,000 years ago, but whose issues still resonate with us today! Each day of the series, we'll be posting here with a scripture link, an imaginary quote from one of the characters in the story, and some thoughts to ponder. I hope you'll be a part of this exploration! Many, many blessings to you and yours! In Christ, Pastor Hedy
Click here to read this section in the Bible: Genesis 37:1-11
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...
- What is your initial impression of Joseph? Of the brothers? Of Jacob?
- How did Jacob contribute to the tension between Joseph and his older brothers?
- If you were one of the brothers, how would you feel about the relationship between Jacob and Joseph?
- What is the symbolism of the robe Jacob makes for Joseph?
- Why do you think Joseph shared the two dreams with his brothers?
- We read that Jacob "kept the matter in mind." Why do you think Jacob doesn't just dismiss the dreams as figments of a young boy's imagination?
- How would you interpret the dreams?
"Dreams in that world were usually understood to be externally and divinely generated, not the result of an interior psychological process. Yet the brothers interpret Joseph's dreams as if they are the product of Joseph's own arrogance rather than a divine word about destiny."
The New Interpreter's Bible, vol. I (Abingdon Press: Nashville, 1994, 600-601.)