Hate Him All the More ( by Carley Evans )

Jacob — now known as Israel — loves his son Joseph more than his other boys, “because he was born to him in his old age.” (Genesis 37:3, NIV) In love, Jacob makes a beautiful robe for his favorite son.

“When [Joseph’s] brothers see that their father loves him more than any of them, they hate him and can not speak a kind word to him.” (Genesis 37:4)

The seed of jealousy and hatred is planted by their father, but Joseph innocently adds fuel. He tells his brothers of his dream in which their sheaves bow down to his sheave which “stands upright.” (Genesis 37:7) His brothers “hate him all the more.” (Genesis 37:8) They protest, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” (Genesis 37:8) Joseph apparently doesn’t respond. When he has another dream, in which “the sun and moon and eleven stars are bowing down to [him],” (Genesis 37:9) he again tells his brothers and his father, perhaps a bit less innocently this time considering their reaction to the previous dream.

His father rebukes him, even though he ponders the dream. Joseph’s brothers continue in jealousy and hatred. They plot to kill him.

What starts as a seemingly small thing — a special robe created for a preferred child turns the other eleven sons against the one. Two dreams, premonitions of Joseph’s coming rise to power, disturb an already seriously distressed relationship. Hatred and jealousy escalate to attempted murder.

Father God, enable us to love our children equally even as we may love each one of them differently. Help us never to show favoritism or preference for one over the other. In Jesus’ Name, amen.



8 thoughts on “Hate Him All the More ( by Carley Evans )

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much, Patricia. God bless. Carley

  2. brianlamew says:

    Thanks for your post on not causing jealousy in our kids. The seeds we plant could bear the fruits of jealousy and bitterness in our kids. Just wrote on this topic today too. http://www.brianlamew.wordpress.com –Jealousy at the Boiling Point

  3. Great read. I’ve been reading through Genesis again and continue to see new levels of dysfunction and grace. Jacob gives his son a special coat and later tells him to check up on his brothers… what was he thinking? But I think passing on resposibilities is something that plagues not only this family (all the way through David). Thanks for Christ breaking the cycle.

    • lambskinny says:

      Hi Andrew, thanks for reading ‘obsecrations!’ Not sure I am following you — do you mean that parents are passing responsibilities to children they are not ready for? That parents are relinquishing their job to raise their children? And that Jesus breaks this unhealthy cycle? Anyway, thanks for the comment! God bless, Carley

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thank you, Jeff. God bless.

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