There are many stories in the Bible about siblings and about families. However, there aren’t that many “good” stories about siblings or families in the Bible. I don’t mean the stories are fundamentally bad, but rather, the siblings and families are frequently acting in bad ways.
This Sunday’s Old Testament lesson is part of the story of Joseph, the patriarch not the putative father of Jesus. It is only part because Joseph’s story is quite long by biblical standards so it is broken up for us. This part includes Jacob’s favouritism directed toward Joseph and Joseph’s brothers’ subsequent revenge. If you want to read all of Joseph’s story, begin with Genesis 37 and you’ll get the whole thing.
With the sermons today I was looking to discuss how being right doesn’t mean you will get the hearing you might want . . . even with your family. As always, let me know what think.