Genesis 37.12-36

Title: You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good!

Text: Genesis 37.12-36

CIT: The author wants the reader to understand that God is at work accomplishing his will in the midst of evil intentions.

CIS: Joseph is a type of Christ in that he will be the one to deliver his people from the famine. He didn’t really die, but rather his blood soaked robe would be used to deceive his father. When Jacob learns that his favorite son is alive and that he is rescuing them from the famine, Jacob receives his son back from the dead, as it were. Christ, by his death and resurrection, saves us.

Introduction – The Setting:

  1. Joseph’s Brothers are pasturing their father’s flocks in Shechem. (12)

The Conflict:

  1. Joseph is sent to his brothers in Shechem (v 13-14)
  2. Joseph searches for his brothers at Shechem (15-17); Show photo;
  3. The Brothers’ Conspiracy against Joseph (18-30)
    1. They see him at a distance (18-20)
    2. Reuben rescues Joseph by throwing him in a pit (21-24)
      1. Judah ‘rescues’ Joseph by selling him into slavery. (25-28)
      2. Rueben is heartbroken over the loss of his brother. (29-30)

The Climax:

  1. The Brothers deceive their father (31-33)

The Resolution:

  1. Jacob’s grief is great (34-35)
    1. His commitment to mourn all his days.

Stasis:

  1. Joseph is sold to Potiphar in Egypt (36)

Some observations: 1st, How do we see the Gospel in this?

  1. Joseph is a type of Christ in that he will be the one to deliver his people from the famine. He didn’t really die, but rather his blood soaked robe would be used to deceive his father. When Jacob learns that his favorite son is alive and that he is rescuing them from the famine, Jacob receives his son back from the dead, as it were. Have you heard the good news? Christ has come to save us, too. That’s right! Christ, by his death and resurrection, saves us.

2nd, things may look bad, but…

  1. Things looked pretty grizzly as Christ was betrayed and given over to death. Evil appeared to be winning, but all along, God was at work – accomplishing his plan. Things might look like evil is winning and it may even appear to have won; however, we must remember that God is at work – working his plan.

3rd,

  1. The text here protects us from Joseph’s torment. Rd 42.21: 21 Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.”

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