March 31–Joseph, Patriarch

From the LCMS website:

Joseph was the son of the patriarch Jacob (February 5) and Rachel. The favorite son of his father, he incurred the jealousy of his older brothers, who sold him into slavery in Egypt and told their father he was dead (Genesis 37). In Egypt he became the chief servant in the home of Potiphar, a military official. Because Joseph refused to commit adultery with his master’s wife, he was unjustly accused of attempted rape and thrown into jail (Genesis 39). Years later, he interpreted dreams for Pharoah, who then freed him from prison and placed him in charge of the entire country. When his brothers came from Canaan to Egypt in search of food, they did not recognize him. He eventually revealed his identity to them, forgave them, and invited both them and his father to live in Egypt. He is especially remembered and honored for his moral uprightness (Genesis 39) and for his willingness to forgive his brothers (Genesis 45 and 50).¬†

The Jesse Tree–Day Twenty-Four

Today’s reading was about Joseph, Guardian of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25). The Bible reading came from Matthew, which was a nice change, since our last several readings have been from Luke. It’s interesting to compare the different perspectives of the writers. We spent some time talking about the fact that even though Joseph wasn’t Jesus’s biological father, his lineage could still be traced back to King David. We also talked about his visit from the angel, and how he decided not to divorce Mary, even though he could have, because of what the angel said to him.

We’re nearing the end of our daily readings…there are just enough left for each child to hang one more ornament on the tree!

The Jesse Tree–Day Seven

We finished our first week of readings with the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors (Genesis 37:1-11). The stories surrounding Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, and Jacob’s wives and children always provide an opening for discussing family dynamics, and how even our Biblical heroes were sinners like us. One only need to look at the¬†favoritism shown throughout this family line to see that a.) they made poor parenting choices, and 2.) the sins of the father really are passed on down the line, as history continues to repeat itself. This reading also provided a segue to the Israelites stay in, and flight from, Egypt, setting up the story as to why they were there in the first place, before the first several readings for next week focus on Israel’s return to the Promised Land.