Biased Love

(Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24a, 28; 9/6/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is that Joseph ended up being sold into slavery because of the hatred of his brothers. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to love instead of hate and deal with our suffering in godly ways.

Read: Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24a, 28

Summary Highlights: In vss. 2-4, the text is presented as an account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son significantly because Joseph was born to Jacob in his old age. Jacob gave Joseph a very fancy/ornate robe. Joseph’s brothers hated him because of his favored position.

In vss. 5-11, Joseph had at least two dreams. He shares them with his brothers, and he shares one with his father. In each dream, Joseph is pictured as ruling over his family members. The brothers hate him more. His father rebukes him but also kept the matters in mind.

In vss. 23-24a, 28, Joseph is attacked, stripped of his robe, and thrown in a cistern. His brothers did this to him because of their hatred of him. The brothers then sold Joseph to the Midianite merchants for 20 shekels of silver.


1. Showing favoritism. Notice in vs. 3 that Jacob favored Joseph and gave him a fancy robe. .....Let’s be careful about favoritism with our young people.

2. Hatred and envy. Notice in vss. 4, 23-24 that Joseph’s brothers hated him because of the favor that he experienced. .....Let’s work on trusting God with those who seem to have a better situation than we have.

3. Dreams. Notice in vs. 5 that Joseph seems to have dreams from God. .....Let’s prayerfully study and obey the Bible like we believe that it is authoritative truth.

4. Human leaders and followers. Notice in vss. 6-11 that God’s plans included a leader and some followers. .....Let’s work on trusting God to work through human leaders and followers.

5. Suffering. Notice in vss. 12-14, 28 that Joseph was chosen by God but yet had to suffer through some things on his way to Egypt. .....Let’s work on trusting God, even in our times of suffering.

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