When You Feel Rejected
1. In the story with Joseph, we find that his brothers are jealous of him--so much so, the Bible says in (vs. 4), "they hated him."
a. As you read on in the chapter, you will find that his brothers not only reject him and despise him, but they finally sell him into bondage:
1) Little did they know that God had special plans for Joseph--he would later become the deliverer of his people, including his own brothers who had rejected him.
2. Again, we are reminded of the story of the anointing of David. David was the youngest of his brothers and in their eyes; certainly not material for a king--"he was just a teenage shepherd boy."
a. Much like Joseph, David was treated with little respect by his brothers. On one occasion his father, Jesse, sent him with bread and cheese for his brothers, who were on the battle line against Goliath. Instead of showing appreciation for the bread and cheese, they treated him with disdain:
1) 1 Samuel 17:28, "And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle."
3. Rejection is not always an easy thing to handle. Imagine the feelings of Joseph, to know that his own flesh and blood hated him and rejected him?
a. Think of David, innocent in his behavior. As far as we know, the only thing he was guilty of was being the youngest in the family (sometimes people like to pick on the smallest and the youngest).
3. Maybe I am speaking to someone here today, and this story has touched an emotional spot in your life. I'm sure we would all agree, if we are honest, there are times we feel rejected; it's not a nice feeling.
a. The question is, "how do handle r ...
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