“Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.” (Genesis 37:3-4)
Today’s verses give us some more information about the relationships within Joseph’s family. We read how father Jacob (also called Israel) loved Joseph more than his other sons. In a way, this is understandable from earlier stories: Joseph was the son of Jacob’s favorite wife Rachel and was born after years of infertility. That made him particularly special to Jacob. But we see how destructive this favoritism was for the relationship between Joseph and his brothers. They were jealous and started to hate him. And that would have dramatic consequences…
Feeling left out, being less loved than your siblings, can hurt badly. And this hurt and pain can easily lead to bitterness and even hatred. It’s the responsibility of parents not to play favorites! But if we are in the role of Jacob’s brothers, being less loved than our sibling(s) or others around us, we should fight the hatred within us. Jesus knows how painful this situation can be. “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3). Turn to Him for healing and comfort!
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