I have to admit, I've never understood why a group of GUYS would get so bent out of shape because their brother got a new coat. I just couldn't understand that.
As of a few days ago, the children and I are working through a kids Precept study together, and it's called "Joseph, God's Superhero".
It's a wonderful study, and I am blown away at how much the children are learning (and me too! )!
I'm so excited, because what this will do is teach them the tools that I've learned as an adult, to help them learn to "Discover Truth for Themselves" from God's Word.
They are catching on so fast! Already they know how to investigate the Scriptures by asking the 5ws and an H questions, and they're using their colored pencils to identify key words!
I LOVE THIS!
Brennan is only 4, and she has truly amazed me by how much she is "getting" already. She is the 1st to give me the answers! I love it!
So...here's what I learned from Genesis 37 today....in the original language, "varicolored tunic" meant a coat that had long sleeves that reached to one's palms. It was customary in the day for working men to wear sleeveless tunics. So, the fact that Joseph's father gave him one that had long sleeves represented that Joseph wasn't expected to work like his brothers were.
In the 2nd part of Genesis 37, this is further shown when we read that Joseph's father asked him to go to the field where his brothers were tending the flock....evidently, he wasn't working with them...and when he got there, he didn't go to work. He was sent just to check on them and then take word back to his father of how they were doing.
Now, I'm starting to get it. They were jealous of him because he had preferential treatment from their father, and then he tells them about his dreams...dreams which indicate that they'll one day bow before him.
Whew! They were not thrilled about this, to say the least.
And, as the kids and I have studied the text, we find that first his brothers were jealous of him...then they hated him...then they wanted him dead.
It's been such a great application lesson to share with the children...when we find ourselves tempted by sin ( in this case jealousy)...we need to surrender it immediately to God. For when we don't, it won't sit idle...it will grow into deeper sin ( in this case hatred )...and when it's allowed to flourish it turns to death.
Death? Maybe not physical death...but most definitely the death of relationships. I've just seen that happen in my own life, sadly enough. People who will not bow their knee before God and confess their sin to him, and allow Him to be glorified as they walk in obedience to Him...as a result, our relationship is dead.
And everyone loses when that happens...until, that is, God redeems the time...as He will end up doing through Joseph, for his entire family. ( stay tuned )
If you feel so led, I'd cherish your prayers that God will redeem this relationship in my life.
Maybe sometimes it is physical death. In Joseph's case it was going to be, but his brother Reuben stepped in as protection for him.
That's the other thing I learned...I always thought that ALL of Joseph's brothers wanted him dead, but as we observed the text, we found that Reuben was actually used by God to save Joseph's life.
As we read further in Genesis 37, it seems clear that Reuben didn't know that his brothers had sold Joseph into slavery, for when he went back to the pit to find Joseph and return him to his father, he found the pit empty. And the Scripture says that Reuben tore his clothes.
I am loving this study! I've heard this story in Sunday school classes since I was a child, but the SIGNIFICANCE of the Truth of this story is now coming to light for me.
That's why I love studying the Bible inductively! I truly am "Discovering Truth For Myself".
If you're in Anthem, and interested in learning how to study the Bible for yourself...please e-mail me. I'd love to tell you about the opportunities available to you here in our community!
If you're anywhere else, go to www.precept.com and search for a Precept study in your own area. If you'll let Him, God will change your life through the Truth of His Word.
"God's Word is a Gift...Open it up and see what's inside for YOU!"
In His Love,