Cheri Peoples

Sunday Devotional

by CHERI on September 12, 2010

Have you ever wondered how and why the Israelites (or Jews) ended up in captivity and were slaves, instead of being in their own land of milk and honey.  They were finally rescued by Moses but how does it all connect?  Well, I will share that info with you as we study this portion of God’s Amazing book.

Genesis 37:3 (New International Version)

 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented [a] robe for him.

~~Israel (also known as JACOB–the twin who stole the birth right from his brother and then ran for fear of what his father would think)

We will back up just a bit in the story of Joseph.  Jacob wanted to marry Rachel.  She was beautiful.  His father-in-law tricked him and he ended up marrying her sister, Leah .   He had worked for his father-in-law for Rachel but he has slept with Leah and she is his wife, so he works for seven more years for Rachel.  Do you already feel the tension in this situation?

  • Genesis 29:14
    Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.” [ Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel ] After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
    Genesis 29:13-15 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:16
    Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
    Genesis 29:15-17 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:17
    Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.
    Genesis 29:16-18 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:23
    But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
    Genesis 29:22-24 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:25
    When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
    Genesis 29:24-26 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:28
    And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
    Genesis 29:27-29 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:30
    Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
    Genesis 29:29-31 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:31
    [ Jacob’s Children ] When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
    Genesis 29:30-32 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 29:32
    Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
    Genesis 29:31-33 (in Context) Genesis 29 (Whole Chapter)
  • So, Leah is not the pretty one (was she almost blind or cross-eyed?) and there is oviously some jealousy on the part of Leah towards her beautiful sister Rachel.

  • Genesis 30:9
    When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
    Genesis 30:8-10 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:10
    Leah‘s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
    Genesis 30:9-11 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:11
    Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.
    Genesis 30:10-12 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:12
    Leah‘s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
    Genesis 30:11-13 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:13
    Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.
    Genesis 30:12-14 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:14
    During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
    Genesis 30:13-15 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:16
    So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night.
    Genesis 30:15-17 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:17
    God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
    Genesis 30:16-18 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:18
    Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.
    Genesis 30:17-19 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:19
    Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
    Genesis 30:18-20 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 30:20
    Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.
    Genesis 30:19-21 (in Context) Genesis 30 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 34:1
    [ Dinah and the Shechemites ] Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
    Genesis 34:1-3 (in Context) Genesis 34 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 35:23
    The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
    Genesis 35:22-24 (in Context) Genesis 35 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 35:26
    The sons of Leah‘s maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
    Genesis 35:25-27 (in Context) Genesis 35 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 46:15
    These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.
    Genesis 46:14-16 (in Context) Genesis 46 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 46:18
    These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah—sixteen in all.
    Genesis 46:17-19 (in Context) Genesis 46 (Whole Chapter)
  • Rachel finally conceives and has Joseph and then Benjamin.  Leah obviously felt like she had the upper hand in this area of life and I am sure she felt threatened.  She has oviously talked to her children about how much she dislikes Rachel.  Once Joseph and Benjamin are born it only intensifies.  They cannot stand them.  They seem to put on a pretty good show for their Dad though,

    Genesis 46:19
    The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
    Genesis 46:18-20 (in Context) Genesis 46 (Whole Chapter)

  • Genesis 37:12
    [ Joseph Sold by His Brothers ] Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem,
    Genesis 37:11-13 (in Context) Genesis 37 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 37:28
    So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
    Genesis 37:27-29 (in Context) Genesis 37 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 37:36
    Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.
    Genesis 37:35-36 (in Context) Genesis 37 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 41:56
    When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.
    Genesis 41:55-57 (in Context) Genesis 41 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 42:6
    Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph‘s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
    Genesis 42:5-7 (in Context) Genesis 42 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 45:4
    Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!
    Genesis 45:3-5 (in Context) Genesis 45 (Whole Chapter)
  • Genesis 47:20
    So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s,
    Genesis 47:19-21 (in Context) Genesis 47 (Whole Chapter)

    The brothers devise a plan to get rid of Joseph.  They are tired of him sharing his dreams about how they will all bow down to him one day.  They throw him into a pit and sell him.  Life is definitely different for Joseph right now. 

    The brothers tell their father that a wild animal killed Jpseph.  Their father is mourning. 

    The brothers feel so bad that they watch over Benjamin but they never tell their poor grieveing father that Jospeh is really alive.

    At first, Joseph had his own troubles in his new country, but eventually he is so well respected that he is the Pharoh’s right hand man.

    We will pick up the story next week…

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