Day 1: Sold into Slavery
Did you ever experience any kind of sibling rivalry throughout your childhood? (Unless you were an only child, surely the answer to that question is a resounding yes!)
This is the situation in which Joseph finds himself. He was one of the youngest of 12 brothers in a culture that regularly favored the eldest son. But because Joseph was born to his father at an old age, he was deeply loved by his father. In fact, he was loved more than his brothers.
To make the sibling rivalry worse, Joseph had a dream in which his father, mother, and brothers all bowed down to him. For his brothers who were already jealous of him, this was the final straw. Their jealousy became a fierce anger to the point of wanting to kill their brother. But due to the insistence of one of his siblings, they instead sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed.
As you begin reading through the story of Joseph today, consider this: What does this passage about Joseph tell you about reality? About humanity?
What does this passage about Joseph tell you about reality? About humanity?
In what ways does this help you to identify with the story of Joseph?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 32 & 33
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, as I begin this week I simply pray that the story of Joseph will continue to speak to me in ways I didn’t expect. I ask that you help me to see Joseph, his father, brothers, and all of the others in his life story in such a way that I’m able to identify with them. Whether it’s their pride. Their fears. Their long-suffering. Their prayers. Or their trials. May I see some similarities between their experiences and my own, and may I respond to You in the same ways Joseph ultimately responds to You. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Click here if you would like to provide feedback to help us make the daily devotional and scripture reading guide even better.