January 21, 2012

21 – Deceit, Jealousy and hatred

Kathleen’s thoughts
Genesis 34 -39
Jacobs sons deceive Shechem and his father Hamor which Jacob says to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me, making me odious to the inhabitants of the land the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
In Gen 35:11-15 God’s promise to Jacob. I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply a nation, indeed an assembly of nations will come from you, and kings will descend from you. The land that I gave Abraham and Isaac I will give to you. And I will give the land to your descendants after you. God withdrew from Jacob. Jacob made a marker anointed it with oil a called the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.
Jacobs beloved Rachel dies in child birth.

Jacob had 12 sons.

Joseph…Jacob loved Joseph and his brothers were jealous of him. Joseph dreams and tells his brothers and they mock him. His brothers had hatred towards Jacob and wanted to kill him.
Jacob gives his son Joseph a coat of many colours and it’s this coat that is taken back to his father with goat’s blood on it by his brothers to say that he had died. His father is in deep mourning. The sad thing here is Joseph’s brothers lied to their father and their hearts were in a bad place by selling their brother to the Midianites who sold Joseph to Potiphar an office of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard.
I wonder how these brothers could live with themselves doing that to their brother. But God’s plan is at work.

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