Genesis Chapter 37

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Genesis 37

1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

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35 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 37

  1. Not everyone will believe in your dream, and also not everyone will love you. Your dream can cause you great pain even with your own family. You could receive a great test for that dream and severely persecuted.

    “Keep the Dream”……………….

  2. 21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

    22. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

    Reuben was the only one who wasn’t willing to kill his brother and stood up to protect him when his brothers became his enemies. When our brother is facing the enemy, we must stand up and help protect him and become part of the solution, not part of the problem.

  3. Youthful Exuberance

    6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
    7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

    I wonder if Joseph being the youngest and favored son if his youthful energy might have clouded his judgement on sharing his dreams with his brothers. I do not have brothers but can imagine the inherent competition between brothers. Maybe his revelations of these dreams were poorly timed causing more animosity between the siblings.

    Proverbs 13: 3 Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. MSG

  4. iLove to eat more Word

    8His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.

    Just because we’re blessed of God and have great dreams, it doesn’t mean that family and friends will want to accept that fact. There is a spirit of jealously that lurks in the hearts of many.

  5. 19 “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. (NLT)

    What do people call you? What kind of “reputation” (for lack of better terms) have you made for yourself? I know as a Pentecostal young woman I have many physical attributes people identify me by, but that’s not exactly what I mean here. Joseph was identified by his dreams, what he talked about, by his passion. So what’s the passion you’re always talking about?

  6. 21-22 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, “We’re not going to kill him. No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don’t hurt him.” Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back to his father.

    29-30 Later Reuben came back and went to the cistern—no Joseph! He ripped his clothes in despair. Beside himself, he went to his brothers. “The boy’s gone! What am I going to do!” (MSG)

    Too Late.

    We can plan to do something, but unless we apply ACTION then it’s just a plan.

    Reuben had a plan, he was going to come back later and take Joseph to his father. Yet he was too late. Joseph was gone.

    How many times have we planned to witness to a soul?
    “I’ll invite them to the next event we have” or “I’ll give them a card if I see them again”

    Great plans. Yet, what if we’re too late? What if that moment with you was that souls only chance.

    We must apply ACTION to our plans.
    Don’t be too late. There are souls depending on us.

  7. Joseph innocently provokes the hostility of his older brothers. The brothers plot against Joseph and in the last minute sell him to slave traders than kill him Joseph blood stained is brought to an inconsolable Israel as evidence Joseph is dead The traders sell Joseph to a high Egyptian official.

  8. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

    When you are being used mightily by God, not everyone will be for you! You will always have people working against you to try and take your anointing. But don’t let that stop you, keep living for God with all your heart, and dream your dreams! It’s God that will take notice and bless you even more so!!

  9. Gen. 37: 2a, 5a, 9a, 28
    2a) These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph being seventeen years old …
    5a) And Joseph dreamed a dream …
    9a) And he dreamed yet another dream …
    28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmealites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

    When Pastor taught on Dreams – The Call to Leadership, he said that God was positioning Joseph to fulfill his dreams. God ordained Joseph’s path.

    My heart is thinking on our Youth and Motion Ministries today. What kind and how many dreams do they have to be used of God and be great Leaders in His kingdom? Let’s pray for them, as God is positioning them to fulfill their dreams, that He would ordain and make their pathways straight.

    MORE Prayers for Youth and Motion Ministries!

  10. DREAMERS REMAIN SUBMITTED

    13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
    14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

    The future had already been revealed to Joseph, he would become the head or leader of his family. The mystery element of every prophesy is WHEN? If we just knew when it would happen, we could better position and prepare ourselves for the promise.

    While it is important to be positioned and prepared, it is not mandatory. GOD can do anything, at any time in any set of circumstances. What remains important is our willingnes to submit once GOD has revealed our future. The natural tendency is to run off and assume the position, however we must remain patient, faithfully serving as submitted servants until we are sent out. Notice that Joseph was sent by his father Israel.

    The name Israel being used here indicates that this was a part of GOD’s plan for Joseph. Seeing that Joseph is described as a son of Jacob in verse 2. The result of Joseph being submitted to Israel is that Israel sent him out to his destiny. They thought it was just to check on his brothers. However, the peril that befell him indicate that this journey was one of purpose.

    Remain SUBMITTED
    Be SENT
    Finish STRONG

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  11. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

    4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

    The “favor” of our Father will make people around us jealous, and even cause some to hate us. However, we cannot let that affect us. We must pursue our love for the Lord and act upon what He calls us to do, regardless of what others say or think.

  12. The call to leadership

    Sometimes God’s promises will make some people upset but stand by the word of God and His promises and those dreams will come true people would try the hardest to bring you down the never slow down and never let up.

  13. And they said one to another, behold this dreamer cometh.

    Be careful who you share your dreams and visions with. It can stir contention in those around you.

  14. Genesis 37:25 As they sad down to eat their meal they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers , What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him. After all he is our brother, our own flesh and blood. His brothers agreed. So when the Midianitr merchants came by his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistren and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt.

  15. 2This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.

    Even teenagers back then had responsibilities. Joseph worked and reported to his father. It’s important to instill discipline and responsibilities to teenagers at a young age. As they grow they will have a sense of accomplishment when getting a job done. At the same time they learn to honor and respect their parents. But today it seems parents have lost their ability to instruct their children.

  16. 2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.

    Even teenagers back then had responsibilities. Joseph worked and reported to his father. It’s important as parents to instill discipline and responsibilities to teenagers at a young age. As they grow, they will have a sense of accomplishment when getting a job done. At the same time they learn to honor and respect their parents. But today, it seems parents have lost their ability to instruct their children!

  17. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

    The set up.

    What is Gid setting you up for? The test that seems to be the breaking point is just that. A breaking point for us to get out of the routine and gain more. It’s ok to be broken because then we are put back together we are bigger and most cases stronger. When you weld the metal becomes one by fire.

  18. 18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
    19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
    They sought to destroy Joseph because of God’s preference of him, as well as their father’s. In their eyes, they did destroy him, and I’m sure Joseph thought the same thing. God’s Word says that “Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.” Psalm 21:11. God used that terrible situation and made it so much greater than what any of them could imagine.

  19. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

    20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

    Because people cannot make sense of a spiritual, God given dream in their natural mind it will make enemies out of your brothers.

  20. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

    20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

    Be careful who you trust in revealing your dreams too, some people may not be onboard with your dream as you are. And in fact they might try to be hinderence to it or try to prevent just like Joseph’s brothers did to him.

    In the book of Nehemiah, when he had a vision, a dream for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he did not tell many people, he only told the person that could help him, and that was the King, (he was his cup bearer at the time). So tell your dream to the people who you know are gonna support you through it and help you succeed.

  21. Genesis 37:2 (NLT)

    2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.

    The dream came after a specific situation. Joseph was with his brothers in the field. They were doing things contrary to their father’s wishes. Whatever it was the bible calls it an evil report.

    Evil – (MED) 8273] 1 רַע raʻ 312x bad, disagreeable, inferior in quality; by extension: evil, wicked in ethical quality; what is disagreeable to God is ethically evil; God’s actions of judgment are disagreeable to the wicked (Eze 14:21), but are not ethically evil [7451] See bad; corrupt; destruction; disaster; evil; ugly; wicked, wickedness.

    Joseph could have kept his mouth shut but he told on his brothers. He let his father know. This may not have impressed him but it did grant Joseph a position of favor. Then the dream came.

    The word tells us if we are faith over a few things he will make us ruler over many things. Joseph may not have gotten the coat, the dream, and the destiny of his character wasn’t demonstrating the qualities God was searching for in the man he was going to use.

    It may seem small but just the little decisions can be what begins us down the road to greatness.

  22. 14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
    36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

    I’m reminded of pastor’s teaching from Sunday morning; Joseph obeyed and was submitted but he was just now entering into a process that will later on fulfill the dreams he was given.

  23. People may not like the calling God has placed upon your life. They will do what they can to try to put a stop to your destiny. We serve a God who is able to do all things. Including helping us to overcome everything the enemy throws our way.

  24. 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him

    The words we speak or think about a person is a indication of our relationship with them. The Bible says they “hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him.” It is important that we check our spirit when speaking to others and if nothing good comes out of our mouth we are to be lead to prayer. We are to speak blessings not cursing unto each other. Just as God granted us mercy and did not speak ill of us when we lack; we are to pay it forward with each other. In reality we are His children not each others chew toy.

    Lord, teach me to watch my words. Teach me to speak life into others and not destruction. Father, in moments of weakness I pray for the strength to trust You to guide my words and the wisdom to understand that I fight not against flesh and blood.

  25. “And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.” Reuben’s intentions were unknown by Joseph as well as his brothers. One may not always understand, however there may also come a time when God (Jesus) places a Reuben in one’s path. Dear God, thank you for the times that you took care of me that I did not even realize; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In GOD we trust”. “One Nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. What a mighty GOD we serve! Thank GOD for his word. GOD bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in JESUS name, Amen!

  26. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
    And Joseoh dreamed a dream… God gives us all dreams at some point and we are the one who decides of that deam will be fulfilled in our lives or not. Our actions and our faith make that determination for us. It is important not to give up on the dream that God has given us but to strive to fulfill it.

  27. The Genesis narrative covers at minimum 2000 years up until the time of Joseph. (Chapters 1-36) Now it turns to the story of Joseph and spends almost 1/3 of the book on him. This historical accounts leads the story to the time of the oppression and exodus, which gives the Israelites and understanding on why they were enslaved by the Egyptians. At this point, the story of the God of Jacob probably felt like a myth. Then God delivers them from bondage.

  28. “Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭37:3-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Even though there is no harm in loving a son, favoritism amongst children even spiritual can have a bad effect on a family. Jealousy can very quickly turn into deep bitterness, it’s better to try and avoid this if possible.

  29. What I learned from Joseph being sold from his brothers is that Joseph was a 17 year old shepard supposedly,Joseph was something of a tattle-tale because,he brought a bad report about his brothers to his father. Josephs behavior combined with Jacobs overt favoritism towards Joseph because of Josephs older brothers resent him to the point of hatred all because of Jacobs open love for Joseph his favoritism was begrudged by his other sons. So for Jacob presented Joseph with a highly decorated coat, Joseph was hated and resented by his brothers all the more!!!

    i Repent!!
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  30. In reading the intentions of Reuben, he had plans of doing good towards his brother in his mind or in his plan; but, by going along with his other brothers, ended up losing that opportunity. It is important not to try and fit in with this world (going along with the crowd), thinking we can be part of it and still live for Jesus.

  31. v11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

    Envy is a spiritual poison we see that Joseph brothers had a passion to hurt him after he had received his dreams, but Paul encouraged us not to hurt others after they have received a blessing but
    ” Rejoice with them that rejoice ” Romans 12:15

  32. 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

    Jealousy is the best friend of hatred and Joseph’s brothers hated him because their Jacob favored him for “he was the son of his old age”. Joseph was not the youngest but he was treated like the baby of the family. Getting extra attention for being young and accountable (even giving bad report of his brothers) can be irritating for the older siblings, but the coat Jacob gave Joseph sent them over the top growing into the kind of hatred they can’t even “speak peaceably unto him”. We should rejoice in favor that is given even if it’s not unto us.

  33. True Blood

    32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

    33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

    Jacob’s sons mislead Jacob’s line of thinking by asking him to identify Joseph’s coat, not the blood. It may seem a foolish thing in those days without high tech labs with the ability to match DNA, but it still poses the reality of their actions: they wanted Jacob to look at the surface-level appearance of the situation without actually examining the situation. To ask, “Is this Joseph’s blood?” is to acknowledge the coat as his but not assume his surmise. With closer examination, one my see clues that the coat was torn separately from the applying of blood, leading one to believe Joseph was yet alive.

    We can take two points from this:

    1) We must hesitate to jump to conclusions based on only surface level evidence of a situation

    2) The reality of Joseph’s situation was not on the surface but on the inside, based on the blood

    Instead of leaving an opportunity for their father to see the true “blood on their hands,” the brothers instead stained Joseph’s coat with false blood and asked their father to overlook the blood and look at the coat to identify Joseph. In the end, however, identity is found in the blood, not in the earthly covering.

    No matter our earthly appearance, we are known spiritually by whether we have Jesus’ blood applied. When the blood is applied, we take on His identity. No matter how we may try to dress up as a Christian, there is no way to fake being truly born again and living an overcoming life in the spiritual realm. The blood is what shows that we have died and Christ lives in us, and what reveals us as His children. By looking at the outer garment alone, we can deceive ourselves about whose blood is applied. Outer appearances only tell part of the story but the Blood cannot lie.

    1 Peter 1:18-19, 24-25
    18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

    19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

    24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

    25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

  34. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours

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