An introduction to the story of Joseph

The story of Joseph can be found in the first book of Moses, called Genesis chapters 37-50. It is, moreover, the cornerstone on which the entire edifice of the Bible is built. Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, played a significant role in the history of Israel. Beloved Rachel gave birth to Joseph as the eleventh son. Like Sarah and Rebekah, Rachel was barren for a long time. The birth of children by these women was a sign of God’s personal intervention. Joseph’s birth in this way was a sign that God had a unique plan with him. Jacob was not fair to his wives, or more precisely, he loved Rachel much more and neglected Leah.

At the beginning of the story of Joseph, we found out that Jacob, who at that time already had name Israel, loved Joseph more than his other kids. Jacob was old when Joseph was born, and for that reason, he loved Joseph more than others. Considering Joseph was a favorite, his father made special clothes for Joseph. Joseph’s older brothers felt it when they noticed it, and they were jealous of him and hated him. They despised him so much that they had nothing nice to say about him.

In his story, Joseph is described as a spoiled young man who ratted out his brothers to his father (37, 2). On one occasion, Joseph told his brothers what strange dreams he had. They thought those dreams meant that one day they would bow before him. This hatred was especially intensified by Joseph’s dreams which he dreamed, and from which it proceeded that his brothers would worship him.

First three Joseph’s mistakes

Joseph was seventeen years old and was a shepherd like his brothers. In the second verse, we read that Vale and Selfe, who were servants, told everyone that Joseph was telling critical news about his brothers to their father. So, by all accounts, Joseph was telling his father his naughty brothers. We don’t know if it was good or bad for them, it’s just his first mistake. 

His second mistake was that his father loved him the most of all his brothers, and as a sign of his love, there was a colorful dress that his father made for him, even though Benjamin was younger than him, so he got it in his later years. His beloved wife, Rachel, died giving birth to that youngest son. It is a subject mistake.

Joseph’s third mistake was a dream he had and then proclaimed to his brothers. “For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.” (Genesis 37:7, KJV) It is a matter of two dreams because this was followed by another dream. “And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” (Genesis 37:9, KJV) Which he, in addition to the brothers, also tells the father when, after that, according to the father order, went to the brothers who were with the herd, as soon as they saw him, they decided to kill him.