by Duane Bemis

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Childhood Perspective (2 of 2)
Series: Overcoming Childhood thinking
Duane Bemis
Genesis 37:3-4

Bible Time: let us now look into the Word of God and into another family to see how the birth order does or can play a very important role in our lives. This time I want us to look into Joseph of the Old Testament and his family dynamics.

Listen in the Spirit to hear and act upon what the Spirit of God is opening and revealing to each of us. The time has come to quit casting blame and to stop and turn around to face your own Goliath's of dysfunction. The time has come to stop running from your past or running from our childhood. The Lord wants your past to be in the past. He wants you healed of childhood hurts and childhood thinking. Ready?

Genesis 37:3-4

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic 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 peaceably to him.3

What do we see right away? We see that Joseph was the baby and the child of Jacob in his old age. Jacob knew how to raise Joseph for he was more mature now. Jacob also became older and wiser during these years in questioned.

Did Jacob love his other sons? Yes, but the older brothers, in their childhood perspective saw favoritism. There might have been favoritism yet not a one of them brought that thought to their father. So in their childhood perspective they decided to hate their baby brother.

Here is another family example. I love all my kids the same, in my mind, yet a couple of my children sought after a relationship with me while others did not. But in our story these brothers, talking among themselves hated Joseph. You also see they could not even speak to their little brother in pleasant ways but in distain they would talk to their little brother.

Jacob might have loved this youngest son more from their point of view but ...

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