Genesis 37:1-36 Joseph sold into slavery in
1 Now Jacob
dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6 So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf." 8 And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me." 10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?" 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 Then his
brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. 13 And
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, "Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what will become of his dreams!" 21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him." 22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"--that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
23 So it
came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph
of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. 24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And
the pit was empty; there was no water in it. 25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their
eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead
with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them
Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore
his clothes. 30 And he
returned to his brothers and said, "The lad is no more; and I, where shall
I go?" 31 So they took
Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. 32 Then they sent the tunic of many
colors, and they brought it to their father and said, "We have found this.
Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?" 33 And he recognized it and said,
"It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph
is torn to pieces." 34
Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his
son many days. 35 And all his
sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be
comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in
mourning." Thus his father wept for him. 36 Now the Midianites had sold him in
Jacob and his family dwelt in the
Y Bilhah and Zilpah, the handmaids of Rachel and Leah, are clearly identified as wives of Jacob and mothers of Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. [Genesis 30:6-13]
Y When Joseph was 17 years old he was feeding the flock with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah and brought Jacob a bad report about them.
Y Jacob showed favoritism toward Joseph and made him a tunic of many colors which aroused hatred in the hearts of all his brothers.
Y God compounded the problem by giving Joseph a dream of sheaves in the field indicating that his brothers would come and bow down to him.
Joseph told the dream to his brothers. This infuriated them all the more and they said, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him more because of the dream.
Y God increased the problem by giving him another dream of the sun, moon, and 11 stars.
Joseph told the dream to his brothers and then to his father.
Jacob interpreted the dream to indicate that Jacob, his wife, and the eleven brothers would come and bow down to Joseph.
I believe Jacob’s interpretation explains the woman of Revelation clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. It is the same symbolism and numbering, and therefore would apply to the nation of Israel from whom was born the male child (Jesus) who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron and who was caught up to God and to His throne. [Revelation 12:1-2, and 5]
This also added to the fuel of his brothers hatred toward Joseph. So his brothers envied Joseph, but his father Jacob pondered the matter in his mind.
Y Joseph’s brothers went to feed the flock in Shechem.
Jacob was staying in the
When his brothers saw Joseph coming afar off, they said, “Look, the dreamer is coming,” so they conspired to kill him, but Reuben sought to rescue him and suggested that they cast Joseph into a pit.
When Joseph had come to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe of many colors and cast him into a dry pit, then they sat down to eat.
Y It is interesting to see how the names change through this story.
They saw Ishmaelites coming
from Gilead on their way to do business in
When they arrived in
Ishmaelites are descended from Ishmael the son of Abraham and Hagar. [Genesis 16:15]
Midianites are descended from Midian the son of Abraham and Keturah. [Genesis 25:1-2]
This proves that the Angel of Yehowah was right in saying about Ishmael, “And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” [Genesis 16:12]
This was clearly a reference to the
coming sons of Abraham and Keturah and when Esau moved to