-You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. [I John 3:15.] (James 4:2)
Sometimes we can read a scripture and overlook the Truth of the Word on that Bible page, because we haven’t yet fought that particular battle in our real lives- although Scripture is Always current and relevant.
Well, I would imagine if Jacob’s sons had been born after James wrote the verse above, I think it would have been more than relevant. It would have been right in-time!!
One of the boys might have read that page – in awe…then stopped to say,
“Oh My Lord! That’s Us!!”- right there on the pages of my Bible.
You know that’s what happens when we find ourselves convicted by the Truth of God’s Word!!
Maybe the brothers would have reversed their paths and repented of their sins…
Maybe they would have found themselves saddened and/or grieved because they hated their brother!!
Hopefully you have already read through Part 1 of the Pit Before the Palace, if not you will want to go back and check it out.
Here is Our Lesson
Now here we see that Jacob’s sons not only hated their brother, Joseph, but they also hated that coat!!
And the brothers were very unhappy and extremely angry with their father Jacob, because he was far too attentive to Joseph, leaving them feeling abandoned and neglected.
You know, sometimes kids will ‘act-out’ to get their parent’s attention….although Jacob’s kids were extremely misguided and had misbehaved to a much, much, higher degree…they were simply fighting for their father’s attention.
They didn’t understand that they could just talk to their dad about the bitterness they felt towards Joseph, and explain that they were hurt by the open favoritism that Jacob had shown amongst his sons. Neither did they think to talk to God about this problem- they just declared war.
Reuben was warring with his father, Jacob when he secretly slept with his stepmother Bilhah(Jacob’s concubine.)
Simeon and Levi were warring with Jacob when they decided to take charge over their sister, Dinah’s future and then killed her fiance, Shechem.
Now, Scripture tells Us that God chastens those whom He loves, but these boys were not chastened by their father, nor do we read where Jacob disciplined them for their wrongdoings.
-Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. Revelation 3:19
But now we find that Jacob’s sons have now turned their ‘swords’ of war on Joseph (the son whom their father dearly and tenderly loved) and now they are planning to kill him!!
Hopefully todays Lesson gave us a little more background on Jacob’s sons and their wicked dealings, but I also hope these last 2 lessons also gave us a peak at the parental failures, particularly Jacob’s – which I believe greatly contributed to Jacob’s dysfunctional household.
You know, My mother used to say, parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual…but maybe she was looking for a ‘man-made’ manual…
When what we really need is the The Holy Spirit, inspired Word of God.
The Bible is our instruction manual for living and we can pick it up, read it, and pray that The Holy Spirit will show Us how to troubleshoot the error codes in our parenting styles.
None of Us have been perfect mothers nor fathers…but praise The Lord that we have a Perfect Father in Heaven!!
And we have, His Son Jesus…and We can assuredly rest in His Imperfectness!!
Tomorrow we have our Bible Trivia Thursday, so come back for that.
Also we will finalize our Lesson on the Pit Before the Palace next week.
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