Sunday, December 8, 2013

Jesse Tree: Day 8 - Joseph

Day 8 of our online Jesse Tree is to help us prepare for Christ's coming by studying His roots and Salvation History.

My source for days and symbols is Catholic Culture.

Day 8: Joseph

Symbols: bucket, well, silver coins, tunic

Joseph sold by his brothers. Anna BiliƄska-Bohdanowicz (1857–1893)
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[23] So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore;
[24] and they took him and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty, there was no water in it.
[25] Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ish'maelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.

[26] Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?
[27] Come, let us sell him to the Ish'maelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers heeded him.
[28] Then Mid'ianite traders passed by; and they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ish'maelites for twenty shekels of silver; and they took Joseph to Egypt.


[3] And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
[4] So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.

[5] And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
[6] For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
[7] And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.
[8] So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
[9] Make haste and go up to my father and say to him, `Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry;
[10] you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have;
[11] and there I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come; lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.'
[12] And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
[13] You must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Make haste and bring my father down here."
[14] Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
[15] And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

Joseph Weeps
Illustration by Owen Jones, 1869
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