Our church family is reading through the first five books of the Bible together in ninety days. We invite you to join us as we believe this will be a time that will change our lives.
If you remember Jacob married Rachel and they had two boys, Joseph and his younger brother, Benjamin. But there were 12 brothers in all, giving Jacob a total of 70 descendants. So, here is a family of shepherds – what could be more boring than a family of shepherds? At the beginning of the chapter, we witness everyone together. Yet as the story advances, this family continues to disintegrate. By the end of chapter 37, even the father, Jacob, refuses the comfort of his children. Here is a family that is fractured, backbiting, and backstabbing.
Jacob favored Joseph over his other eleven sons. He should have known better than to favor one child over the others – it was exactly what his father did to him. Favoritism was a generational sin in Jacob’s family. Jacob knew better than to show favoritism. Why? Because Jacob’s father, Isaac, loved his brother, Esau, more than Jacob. Jacob knew firsthand the sting of being passed over for the “favored one.” Jacob desperately wanted his father’s love. This neediness caused Jacob to be a deceptive manipulator. He manipulated people all of his life – he carefully crafted the outcome. The lifelong hurt inflicted by his father should have taught him otherwise.