Joseph (Genesis 37, 50) Discuss and report • Why do Joseph’s brothers hate him so much? (Give three reasons they have) • Is their anger justified? (Give three defenses of Joseph) • Why do Christians see Joseph as a “type” (prefiguration) for Christ?
The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) Give three reasons why Joseph’s brothers get enraged at him • (1) He is his father’s favorite and wears a fancy robe that proves it. • (2) He tells about their misbehavior (“provides an ill report”). • (3) He tells them of a dreams where others seem to bow down to him • the sheaves; the sun, moon & stars • they think he places himself above them and enrages them.
The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) Give three points in Joseph’s defense for the reasons his brothers are enraged at him. • (1) He is not responsible for being his father’s favorite or for the robe • (2) He is trying to direct his brother toward the good, and toward God’s will • (3) He simply tells his dreams, which may be turn out to be symbolic of some things that are true.
The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) What is Reuben’s plan concerning Joseph? What happens instead? • Reuben wants to throw Joseph in a pit and return to get him and thus save him. • While Joseph is alone there, Midianites come and find him and bring him to Egypt. • The brothers plan results in the (apparent) loss of Joseph. • (Note: who sells him: which brothers? Midianites? – brothers are responsible; details unclear)
The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37, 50) How can Joseph be seen as a “type” for Christ so far in the story? • he is the chosen one; the promise leads to him • he tells the truth as he hears it from his father; • he is hated, despised, betrayed for money, and “killed” for telling the truth; • he is innocent and suffers for the sake of the good; • he is redeemed from his suffering through God’s intervention; • He becomes a leader (in Egypt) and ultimately a savior of Israel; • his suffering is for the sake of Israel.
The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37, 50) Give Joseph’s explanation of how he ended up in Egypt. Why are Joseph’s brothers afraid when Jacob dies? How does Joseph react to them? • Joseph says “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good”: • This is a statement of forgiveness to them, and a theological statement of how God works in human history. • He says it was God’s will; that God planned out their salvation that way. • The brothers fear that Joseph still resents what happened and has helped them for the sake of their father; when Jacob dies the fear “the real Joseph” will appear and punish them. • Joseph forgives them and, as always, remains dedicated to them and conscious of God’s promise and God’s will