Joseph in Egypt
Jacob moving on
Jacob has parted with Laban, who is never seen again, and continues his journey. Next along the way to Canaan, he meets up with "the angels of God" he recognized them as "God's host" and names the place "Mahanaim" which means "two camps". There is no mention of a conversation or notable event. I have to admit I have no clue what's going on. This is just two verses, Genesis 32.1 and 2. There's always more but this doesn't ring any bells. One thing that comes to mind is that the word Mahanaim literally means "dual camps" which implies a deep unity not necessarily exact duplicates. In Song of Songs 6.13, you will see "Mahanaim" is translated as "company of two camps" and the word "company" is usually translated as dancers or company of dancers. Also, this "place" later became a town, and this is where King David fled for refuge from his son Absalom. Jacob has finally put Laban, the one who wanted to destroy him, behind him.
Now he's about to meet up with Esau, who has vowed to kill him. The text seems to imply they made up, but Esau is just waiting for the right time, to kill Jacob. Esau gave Jacob a greeting kiss when they met. In the original Hebrew writing, there are dots over the word "kiss", so the scribes asked Moses "what is the meaning of the marks?" he replied "the teeth marks of Esau." There is an interesting parallel story with this meeting, and it is amazing, it's the story of the return of the prodigal son told by Jesus. Esau is a bad guy from start to finish in real life, but God uses bad types, in a roundabout way to show a spiritual truth. Pharaoh being like a father over Joseph, fits the picture well. Jesus used language straight out of the Esau story. Why? Esau was the one Jacob wronged, God is the one we have wronged by our sin. Esau vowed to kill Jacob, God said that the one who sins must die. Yet Jesus became the substitutionary lamb' slain for us, so those who trust in Him are saved from the sting of death. Jacob is returning like a prodigal son, fearing the worst. Esau see's him and in Genesis 33.4 Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. In Luke 51.20 when the prodigal son was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The moral is we have offended God yet He is eager for us to return.
in Genesis 37 there is the story of Joseph's dreams. But Genesis 37.2 has a one-verse statement tucked between Genesis 37.1 and Genesis 37.3 it is a separate little statement that is mostly thought of as giving part of the reason that the brothers disliked Joseph. But there is much more than is obvious. Genesis 37.2 says "These are the "generations" of Jacob. and Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock and then "Joseph brought unto his father an evil report". To start with, it says 'generations' but all you see is Joseph mentioned. It's interesting to note that his age, seventeen, is mentioned. If you notice the first words of verse 2 is 'these are the generations'. A paraphrase could be "this is a story about Jacob and Joseph". Historically Joseph in revealing their bad deeds as being dutiful son but to his brothers, but it got them angry and it added fuel to the resentment of him.
Sent by the father
The next view is Joseph being asked by his father to check on his brothers. It is confusing as to why he was sent. Joseph who was 17 years old and his brothers are much older. My suspect is that after he is betrayed and hauled off to Egypt, that Joseph may have wondered why his father didn't come looking for him and even if he, Joseph was set up. But it could answer why Joseph didn't try to escape or even when he was raised to power in Egypt, He didn't make any effort to go down to Cannan, or even send Jacob a message.
Well the well
In Genesis 37.23 Instead of greeting Joseph, they stripped off his coat of many colors that was on him. In John 1.11 it says of Jesus "He came unto his own, and his own received h
Who really sold Joseph
The brothers clearly planed to sell Joseph, and in Genesis 45.4,5 Joseph attributes his sale to them, but is that actually what happened? One thing that has always bothered me was the scene in Genesis 37.21 Reuben doesn't want to go along with this dirty deed and he gets the brothers to throw Joseph in a pit and let him die there. But from Genesis 37.22 we know that he intended to rescue Joseph later, they follow his advice and throw him into a pit that had no water. The waterless pit pictures Hell, a pit where it is void of God's redemptive presence. They sat down to eat, it does not say where or how close they were. It seems to suggest it was out of sight. From wherever they were they saw the Ishmaelites, and the brothers decided to sell him. But before they got back to the pit, along came the Midianites. The Ishmaelites took advantage of this situation and being shrewd merchants, they sold Joseph to the Midianites themselves. When Joseph mentions this selling, he says the brothers are the guilty ones who sold him into Egypt. He would have known it was not his brother who sold him into Egypt, but by Gods standard, they are just as guilty as if they did.
The downs and ups of Egypt