Descending [Life of Joseph, part 1]

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering” by looking at the beginnings of Joseph’s story in Genesis 37.  Joseph’s story begins with dreams, parental favoritism, and family tensions. His father’s favorite son, Joseph quickly finds the disagreements with his brothers boiling over into his faked murder and sale into slavery. What do you do when everyone seems to turn against you?

You can view the message video and sermon outline for this message below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. Also, join in with our daily devotional that accompanies this series during Lent.

God’s Blessing Descends to Humanity (37:1-4)

Abraham & Sarah → Isaac & Rebekah → Jacob & Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, Zilpah

Blessing in the midst of brokenness

 

Dreams Descend to Joseph (37:5-11)

God as the giver of dreams in pairs

Joseph the regal-robed ‘dreamer’

 

Conflict Descends Amongst Jacob’s Family (37:12-35)

The journey of Joseph

The anger of his brothers

The roles of Reuben and Judah

The throbbing grief of Jacob

 

Joseph’s Descent (37:36)

Regal-ruler to shipped-off slave

Dream-teller to silenced victim

Favored son to forgotten one

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