Whose to Blame

Today’s Readings
Genesis 36-38, Matthew 10:21-42


37 Jacob lived in the land of Canaan where his father was an immigrant. This is the account of Jacob’s descendants. Joseph was 17 years old and tended the flock with his brothers. While he was helping the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives, Joseph told their father unflattering things about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was born when Jacob was old. Jacob had made for him a long[a] robe. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him and couldn’t even talk nicely to him.

Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers, which made them hate him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had. When we were binding stalks of grain in the field, my stalk got up and stood upright, while your stalks gathered around it and bowed down to my stalk.”

His brothers said to him, “Will you really be our king and rule over us?” So they hated him even more because of the dreams he told them.

Then Joseph had another dream and described it to his brothers: “I’ve just dreamed again, and this time the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

10 When he described it to his father and brothers, his father scolded him and said to him, “What kind of dreams have you dreamed? Am I and your mother and your brothers supposed to come and bow down to the ground in front of you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father took careful note of the matter.

Call it a lack of maturity on his brother’s part. Call it a problem of a spoiled child for Jacob and Rachel. Call it arrogance on Joseph’s part. When I read the story of Joseph which will unfold over the next several chapters, my mind goes to all these things and more. I know when many read the story of Joseph they see someone who loves God. And, while that is true, I see a spoiled rotten, arrogant, immature brat who in the end finds redemption. That is grace.

I think we have all known a Joseph in our lives. Hey, we might even be a Joseph. We might have even a Joseph and never known it. Such things often are easier to see in the lives of others than they are in our own.

That being said, there is blame that surely can go to Jacob and Rachel, particularly Jacob. Though in today’s story, it is more difficult to see, if we read the Joseph story in its entirety, we can easily see the blame. A special coat, tailor-made, just for him, getting to stay home while the remaining brothers were tending the sheep in the fields, the list could go on and on. Jacob gave special privilege to Joseph the rest of his boys never would get.

Then there are the brothers. Scripture says they hated Joseph. Nothing good comes from hate, ever. Scripture says they were jealous of home. Not much good is going to come from that either.

Make no mistake, the brothers are the ones holding the responsibility for what would happen to Joseph. At the same time, the others also held some measure of responsibility fell down on their responsibility too.

Today might be a good day for some soul-searching. Are we like Joseph? Are we with one of our children much the same as Jacob was with Joseph? Are we like the brothers, instead of trying to work things out, we attempt to throw away a human life out of pride and jealousy.

Yes, the blame that day rests on the shoulder of Joseph’s brothers, but there is room there for some blame to go all around.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “Whose to Blame

  1. Very good and so true of us today. 🙏

    On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 2:12 PM Pastor’s Ponderings wrote:

    > revbroyles posted: “Today’s Readings Genesis 36-38, Matthew 10:21-42 > 37 Jacob lived in the land of Canaan where his father was an > immigrant. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s descendants. Joseph was 17 > years old and tended the flock with his brothers. While he was helping t” >

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