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Genesis 37: 3,4,19-32
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. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the richly ornamented robe he was wearing- 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels [b] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
31 Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
a. Genesis 37:3 The meaning of the Hebrew for richly ornamented is uncertain; also in verses 23 and 32.
b. Genesis 37:28 That is, about 8 ounces (about 0.2 kilogram)
A humorous story. A mother was frying donuts for two champion; Gilang, 5 years, and Adit, 3 years old. Before the first donut mature, two children were fighting over who would eat first. The mother who wants to be fair, using the opportunity to teach them. “If Jesus is here, surely He would say, ‘Let my brother eat first. I’ll wait for the next one. ‘ “At that, Gilang immediately turned to his brother and said,” Adit, you are so Jesus, yes! ”
The dispute between the brothers is always there. The brothers are jealous, do not get along with him. Accused him of a dreamer. Plan a bad thing for him (verse 20). Do not want to call “brother”, but “boy’s father” (verse 32). If traced back, his father helped found guilty. Jacob showed special love to Joseph, because the birth of the beloved wife, Rachel. Peak, when Jacob gave Joseph amazing beautiful robe, there was love more (verse 3,4).
This story states, how useless parents show more love to a child than his brother. Parents should make every child feel special. Ie by finding the benefits of each child. Then provide support for strengthening the excess. Through attitude and speech that made him feel valuable. Until he has nothing to envy his brother, who may have other advantages. Parents also need to guide children from an early age about the importance of love-love; sharing and watching sibling. Let the between brothers and sisters, love is not broken binding.
VALUABLE BECAUSE EVERY CHILD, THE LOVE THAT IS FULL OF THEIR RIGHTS