Today’s meditation comes from Genesis 37-47 on the life of Joseph.
Gen 37:2: he was seventeen
37:3: Israel loved him more than his brothers and gave him the coat of many colors
v4: but the brothers hated him
v5-9: He makes it worse by sharing his dreams (double dream: it’s decided)
v18-22: the brothers conspire to kill him, but Reuben to spare his life
v27: They sell him into slavery
v32: they lead Israel to believe he’s dead
Ch 39:2-3: even in slavery, Joseph is blessed.
v12: his master’s wife tries to sleep with him. He flees, and she accuses him of attempted rape (v14-15)
v20: Joseph gets thrown into prison (no idea how long this took — months at least I’d assume)
v21-23: Joseph gets blessed in prison and is in charge there.
Ch40: years later at least, the cupbearer and the baker get thrown into prison and have dreams Joseph interprets for them.
v12-14: Joseph tells the cupbearer he will be restored, and to remember that he’s innocent and in prison
v23 but the cupbearer forgets.
Ch 41: two whole years later, Pharaoh has two dreams.
v9-13: the cupbearer finally remembers Joseph to Pharaoh
v14: Pharaoh calls for Joseph. They bring him out, shave him, and change his clothes.
v25-31: Joseph interprets his dream
v32: the doubling of the dream makes it sure. (He had to remember this about his own dream?)
v34-36: he proposes what to do about it
v40-44: Joseph promoted
v46: he was thirty (so 13 yrs passed)
Ch 42:6-9: Joseph’s brothers bow before him (he must be 37 at least by this time). But he messes with them
v1-5: because he wants to see Benjamin, his full brother
v21-24: the brothers discuss their guilt regarding Joseph, and that is why this is happening – and Joseph gets to hear it.
v27-28: he gives their money back
Ch43: They go back when they run out of food
v16: Joseph sees Benjamin with them, and prepares food
v29-30: He meets Benjamin and goes off privately to weep
v34-35: he seats them according to birth order and gives Benjamin 5x as much. trying to give them a clue? Does he want them to guess?
Ch 44:2: puts his cup in Benjamin’s sack
v4-5: then accuses them of theft (still messing with them?)
Ch 45:1-4: FINALLY Joseph reveals himself
v5: he apparently forgives them; so he was messing with them for some other reason besides spite
Ch46:8-19: ALL the Israelites who originally go into Egypt
Ch 47:5-6: This Pharaoh favors Joseph
v20: Jacob blesses Pharaoh