“ Joseph and the Turning of the Wheel “
Let’s think about Joseph and the “Turning of the Wheel” in his life. Jacob and Rachel were his parents. He grew up in a large family of twelve boys and some sisters. One of the first “Turning of the Wheels“ of his sheltered life was the jealousy and hatred he faced from his brothers. His father had many children to love and care for but Joseph was his favorite child. (Gen, 37:3-4) Jacob loved him more because he was the son of his old age. Because of the beautiful coat of many colors, the brothers realized how much their father truly loved Joseph. This favoritism incited much envy, jealousy, and even hatred each time they saw Joseph and his coat. The brothers would not even talk Joseph with kindness at all.
Having grown up in a large family of twelve children myself you would have thought that we also would have experienced some of that but I can honestly say that I have never heard any of our family saying that they dealt with jealousy issues. Daddy and Mama treated each of us as equal as they could. If Mama made a dress for one of us girls, we knew that the next one in line would have one as soon as she could get it made until we all had one.
In fact, Mama would usually take all of the younger girls to town at the same time on grocery day. Flour in those days came in some really pretty colors, prints, and patterns. She would then allow each of us to choose the flour sack patterns that we wanted our dresses made from. At home the flour was poured up into a very large barrel, the sacks were shook out, washed, and made ready for Mama to cut out a pattern and sew them on her old Singer sewing machine with a foot pedal.
Being a teenager around seventeen, Joseph was a dreamer. And due to his lack of wisdom, he began to tell his brothers about them. “ 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 bowed down to my sheaf “.(Gen. 37:7) Verse 8 tells us that they hated him even more because of his dreams and visions. In a mocking way, they asked Joseph, “Shall you indeed reign over us, or shall you have dominion over us “ ?
The “ Wheel Turns “ and these brothers that he loves conspire and plot to betray and murder him. Thanks be to God, that at the perfect time He raises up Joseph’s brother, Rueben, with a way to protect Joseph from being killed. “ Shed no blood, but, cast him into this pit “.(Genesis 37:22b) (Rueben’s intentions was to come and remove him from the pit and return him back to Jacob, his father at a later time.) The “ Wheel Turns “ again in Joseph’s life as the brothers stripped his coat off and throw him in a pit. Quickly, the “ Wheel Turns “ and they see a caravan of merchants traveling down to Egypt to trade goods. He is sold to them for “ twenty pieces of silver “in order to be sold as a slave later.
I wonder at seventeen years of age how anyone of us would have handled the rejection, envy, jealousy, and hatred that Joseph experienced. Then, to find out that your own flesh and blood had plotted to betray and murder you. It doesn’t end there but to be stripped of his beloved father’s gift of the coat of many colors, thrown into the pit, sold like a worthless thing for slavery, and taken to a faraway land. The fear, aloneness, and anxieties that Joseph faced must have been insurmountable.
Where do you turn when your own family cannot be counted on to help and protect you ?
This is a question many of us have had to walk through at some time and place in our lives. We are not given the answer to this question from Joseph’s perspective but the Lord has brought this precious promise from His Holy Word to give each of us comfort when this happens to us.
“ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My Help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth……….The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore “.(Ps.121:1-2, 7-8)
Bebo Norman “I will lift my eyes”