Genesis 35:9–15, Genesis 37:1–2

While the “ of the story” appears to mostly be about Joseph, it is incredibly important to understand that from a familial perspective, this is the continuing story (in comic book terms, the “origin” story) of Israel, both the man (born as Jacob) and the people (the 12 male descendant lines of Israel).

Laying the groundwork is very important to understand the framework of the story. In many respects, the story of Joseph and his brothers is told within the larger framework of Israel, which is part of the larger framework of Abraham, and God’s fulness to Abraham and his line.

In f, we can look at the of Abraham as a gle line (which it was), until the sons of Israel. With the sons of Israel, the line branched and become a fuller, more complete version of itself. What it also bears a testament to is God’s fulness in the midst of brokenness.

This was a family heritage that was anything but healthy. It was, by any account, a complete and utter mess. God did something beautiful with it.

1) Have you ever thought that your was too messy for God to fix? Do you have friends or family who think that?

2) Imagine if God ed for the Israelite family to get it “all ”. Why do you think people believe that God will only accept them after they have it all ? What can we do to the that says, “come as you are”?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.