Final Encounter: By the Numbers

Final Encounter: By the Numbers

And they told him, “Joseph is still alive! He is even ruler over all the land of Egypt.” Israel said, “Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him before I die.”     — Genesis 45:26, 28 The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in...

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Third Encounter: To Tell the Truth

Third Encounter: To Tell the Truth

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” ...

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Second Encounter: Tradition and Prejudice

Second Encounter: Tradition and Prejudice

When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.” So Joseph’s ten older...

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First Encounter: Dreams Do Come True

First Encounter: Dreams Do Come True

When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.” So Joseph’s ten older...

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Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah. He also gave him a wife, whose name was...

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Ghostly Presence

Ghostly Presence

Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughter came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.   —...

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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, “We’re not going to kill him. No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don’t hurt him.” Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back to his father. ...

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That Coat of Many Colors

That Coat of Many Colors

Now Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his sons, because Joseph was born when he was an old man. And Israel made him a long coat of many colors. His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers. So they hated Joseph and could not speak a...

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Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer

Joseph gave bad reports about his brother     — Genesis 37:2 Your children need your presence, more than your presents.  ―  Jesse Jackson  Growing up, we all knew that kid. That kid who always tattled. That kid who always had something better. That kid who...

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Mother Rivalry

Mother Rivalry

When the Lord saw that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, he made it possible for Leah to have children, but not Rachel. — Genesis 29:32 At the cry of a newborn, salt is being sprinkled in the wound of a barren woman. ―  Peter Adejimi  We might chuckle when a...

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