The Savior of Israel : The Jacob Stories - Joseph

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Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Savior of Israel :The Jacob Stories - Joseph Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings Prayer of the WeekJohn Newman: “Lead Kindly…
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Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Savior of Israel :The Jacob Stories - Joseph Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings Prayer of the WeekJohn Newman: “Lead Kindly Light” Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to seeThe distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on;I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on!I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years! So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on.O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone,And with the morn those angel faces smile, which IHave loved long since, and lost awhile! Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod,Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God.To rest forever after earthly strifeIn the calm light of everlasting life. Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings Red Letter Points
  • Give three reasons why Joseph’s brothers get enraged at him
  • Give three points in Joseph’s defense for the reasons his brothers are enraged at him.
  • What is Reuben’s plan concerning Joseph? What happens instead?
  • Give Joseph’s explanation of how he ended up in Egypt. Why are Joseph’s brothers afraid when Jacob dies? How does Joseph react to them?
  • How can Joseph be seen as a “type” for Christ so far in the story?
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) Give three reasons why Joseph’s brothers get enraged at him
  • (1) He is his father’s favorite and wears a fancy robe that proves it.
  • (2) He tells about their misbehavior (“provides an ill report”).
  • (3) He tells them of a dreams where others seem to bow down to him
  • the sheaves; the sun, moon & stars
  • they think he places himself above them and enrages them.
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) Give three points in Joseph’s defense for the reasons his brothers are enraged at him.
  • (1) He is not responsible for being his father’s favorite or for the robe
  • (2) He is trying to direct his brother toward the good, and toward God’s will
  • (3) He simply tells his dreams, which may be turn out to be symbolic of some things that are true.
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37) What is Reuben’s plan concerning Joseph? What happens instead?
  • Reuben wants to throw Joseph in a pit and return to get him and thus save him.
  • While Joseph is alone there, Midianites come and find him and bring him to Egypt.
  • The brothers’ plan results in the (apparent) loss of Joseph.
  • (Note: who sells him: which brothers? Midianites? – brothers are responsible; details unclear)
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37, 50) Give Joseph’s explanation of how he ended up in Egypt. Why are Joseph’s brothers afraid when Jacob dies? How does Joseph react to them?
  • He says it was God’s will; that God planned out their salvation that way.
  • The brothers fear that Joseph still resents what happened and has helped them for the sake of their father; when Jacob dies the fear “the real Joseph” will appear and punish them.
  • Joseph says “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good”:
  • This is a statement of forgiveness to them, and a theological statement of how God works in human history.
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Jacob Stories:Joseph the savior (Gen 37, 50) How can Joseph be seen as a “type” for Christ so far in the story?
  • He is the chosen one;
  • he tells the truth as he hears it from his father;
  • he is hated, despised, betrayed for money, and “killed” for telling the truth;
  • he is redeemed from his suffering through God’s intervention;
  • He becomes a leader (in Egypt) and ultimately a savior of Israel
  • his suffering is for the sake of Israel.
  • Christian Doctrine 1 / Dr. Billings The Savior of Israel :The Jacob Stories
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