THE LORD GOD SAYS: Walk fearlessly into your future knowing that i have gone before you to prepare the way. yOU haVE a future, yOU haVE a purpose, yOU haVE a promise, yOU haVE a destiny, you have a hope
yOU haVE a future
IF I HAVE A FUTURE, I should not be from a dysfunctional family
Genesis 37: 1SO JACOB dwelt in the land in which his father had been a stranger and sojourner, in the land of Canaan.
2This is the history of the descendants of Jacob and this is Jacob's line. Joseph, when he was seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's [secondary] wives; and Joseph brought to his father a bad report of them.
JOSEPH HAD IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AS A 17 YEAR OLD. SHEPHERDING WAS AN IMPORTANT MATTER. IT REQUIRED HOURS OF SILENT WATCHING, COUNTING, AND PROTECTING.
JOSEPH TOOK HIS RESPONSIBILITY PERSONALLY. HE WANTED THE JOB TO BE DONE RIGHT AND IF IT WASN'T DONE RIGHT IT COULD RUIN THE FAMILY'S LIVELIHOOD! SO YES, HE TOLD HIS FATHER EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON.
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a [distinctive] long tunic with sleeves.
WELL HERE WE HAVE A PROBLEM. IF IT WASN'T OBVIOUS BEFORE THAT JOSEPH WAS HIS FATHER'S FAVORITE, THERE WAS NO QUESTION NOW.
4But when his brothers saw that their father loved [Joseph] more than all of his brothers, they hated him and could not say, Peace [in friendly greeting] to him or speak peaceably to him.
FAMILIES SHOULD BE PLACES OF WARMTH AND CHEER. EVERYONE HUGGING AND GREETING..."SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU" JOSEPH'S BROTHERS HATED HIM SO MUCH THEY COULD NOT FIND IT IN THEMSELVES TO BE CIVIL. WHAT DO YOU THINK THEIR PROBLEM WAS? JEALOUSLY? SOMEONE WOULD STEAL THEIR INHERITANCE?
OUR PARENTS ARE GOD'S VEHICLE FOR GETTING US ON THIS PLANET. THEIR RESPONSIBILITY (IN PART) IS TO NURTURE, TRAIN, SUPPORT AND PROVIDE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY DO NOT. WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT IS FROM A FULLY "FUNCTIONING" FAMILY? THIS IS AN IMPERFECT WORLD FULL OF IMPERFECT PEOPLE. AS WE LOOK AT THE LIFE OF JOSEPH, WE WILL FIND MANY IMPORTANT KEYS THAT WILL UNLOCK THE DOORS OF OUR SECRET CLOSETS AND FINALLY ALLOW US TO BECOME FREE.
WITHIN THE FAMILY STRUCTURE, CHILDREN LEAR HOW TO BE A PART OF A FAMILY, TO DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD, TO BE RESPONSIBLE, TO BE FULL OF HOPE AND HOW TO REST AND HOW TO PLAY.