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JOSEPH

OCTOBER 13

Genesis 37:3-11, 26-28


                      JOSEPH

We now move on to the next generation – the children of Jacob.
The second youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, Joseph was also his father’s favorite. Jacob gave him a beautiful coat of many colours. Today, to have a cloth with many colours is no big deal. But in those days, it was not common and very expensive. Because of this gift and perhaps other forms of favoritism shown by Jacob, Joseph’s ten older brothers hated him.

To make matters worse, Joseph had 2 dreams, both of which were interpreted to mean all his brothers and even his parents would one day bow to him! Can you imagine your younger sister or brother coming up to dinner table and telling the whole family that one day, all of you would bow to him or her? Hatred and jealousy are an evil mixture, and they made the brothers gang up against Joseph and eventually, sell him o as a slave! They were probably thinking, “Out of sight, out of mind”!

Dear reader, young Joseph loved God “and the Lord was with Joseph” (Genesis 39:2). Many years later, his dreams came true and he became the second most powerful man in Egypt! His dreams were not his own desire to be lording over others; his dreams were from God! Let us learn to be like Joseph – to trust God. And when you trust the Lord, He will protect you because God will be with you.

Break the CODE and               A C D E F  G H I K L 
write out the message -          M N O P R S T U V W

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Thought:
Do I trust God only when things are going well?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to trust You in good as well as in bad times. May I learn to be like Joseph, that despite very tough odds against me, if I am on your side, I shall not fear. is I pray in Jesus; name, amen.