Today's scripture: Genesis 37:12-17
Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron. He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...
- Why do you think Jacob sent Joseph to the grazing land near Shechem to meet up with his brothers? What was he hoping would happen?
- Jacob tells Joseph to go check on the "well-being" (shalom) of his other sons and the flocks. Shālom is a Hebrew word which means "welfare," "peace," "wholeness." Do you think Jacob hasn't noticed the lack of shalom in his family at this time, or is he trying to give Joseph and his brothers an opportunity to return to shalom?
- Joseph's last interaction with his brothers did not end on a positive note, and this time Joseph's father is not nearby to run to for protection. If you were Joseph approaching his brothers, how do you imagine you would feel?
- We're told that Joseph was "found wandering about" and was given directions to where his brothers' flocks were. Do you think this "wandering" was intentional (was he avoiding running into them) or was Joseph really lost?