by Jeff Strite

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The Dreamer (1 of 3)
Series: Technicolor Faith
Jeff Strite
Genesis 37:1-36

OPEN: Years ago there was a TV show called The Honeymooners (does anyone remember it)? Art Carney played one of the characters on the show Ed Norton - a kind of happy go lucky, but fairly slow thinking worker in the sewer systems of the city. Ed Norton once summed up his philosophy of life with these words:

When the tides of life turn against you,
And the current upsets your boat,
Don't waste those tears on what might have been,
Just lie on your back and float.

Today I want to introduce you a man who repeatedly who saw the tides of life turn against him. Whose boat was upset more than once. A man whose difficulties would have crippled the faith of a lesser man. BUT, he didn't sink…. (pause…) and he didn't even float. He overcame AND he rose above the waves of adversity. He overcame these difficulties because of his ''philosophy of life'' - a philosophy of life was nobler and wiser than that of Ed Norton.

THE STORY: Who was this man? His name was Joseph.
We're introduced to Joseph when he is a mere 17 years old. He's born (to put it mildly) into a dysfunctional family.
His mother (Rachel) is dead. His daddy (Jacob) is now an old man who hasn't always been godly.
Jacob has had 2 wives and 2 concubines from which he has fathered 12 sons and an unknown number of daughters. And they're all living - pretty much - under the same roof.

That would have been difficult enough for some families to handle, but things were a little more complicated for Joseph - his brothers don't much like him. And I'm not sure I blame them much.

· There was the time Joseph had been out in the fields with his half brothers - the sons of his father's concubines - Bilhah and Zilpah. Joseph apparently observed these boys doing something they shouldn't have. And he told dad.
· Add to this, the fact that Joseph was his daddy's favorite boy (because his mother Rachel was Jacob's favorite ...

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