April 19th

For those who occasionally drop in on Tuesday nights, our class has been moved to the GREAT HALL for this week only (April 19th). The Great Hall is the big room in the building that is closest to the corner of Eldridge & 7th streets.
Last week, we dove into the story of Joseph.   I began with this fun clip from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z06vEUfmuMQ – Joseph looks amazingly like Donny Osmond, huh?  You can check out some other youtube clips on the musical).
In Joseph’s story, we see that he was Jacob’s favorite son and gave him a coat of many colors.  His brothers were jealous and hated him.  At their first opportunity, they threw him in a pit to die.  Later, they decided to sell him instead to a caravan of traders on their way to Egypt.  The brothers take Joseph’s coat, rip it into pieces, kill a goat and dip his robe in the blood.  They take the coat back to their father to deceive him into thinking that Joseph has been killed by a wild animal.  Many years earlier, Jacob had deceived his father by killing a goat, skinning it, and putting the goat skin on his arms and neck so that his father would think he was Esau.  Through this deception, Jacob received the blessing of the firstborn.  What goes around, come around.  “You reap what you sow,” (Galatians 6:7).
In Egypt, Joseph is sold to a high-ranking government official named Potiphar.  The Bible tells us that the Lord was with Joseph and he became a successful man (Gen. 39:2).  Potiphar elevated him to his #1 servant in charge of his household and fields.  Potiphar’s wife daily tried to seduce Joseph, but he refused her until finally she falsely accused him of trying to rape her.  He was thrown in prison.   Even in prison, the Lord was with him and elevated him to a position of authority.   Try to go back and read chapters 37-40. (Chapter 38 is about Judah, not Joseph.  It is a very interesting soap opera-like story.)
We will continue with Joseph’s amazing story this week.  I will give you a handout pointing out over 50 ways that Joseph foreshadows/prefigures Christ.  We will go through chapter 43.
REMEMBER OUR LAST NIGHT IS MAY 3RD!  IT WILL BE OUR BIG FINISH TO GENESIS AND I WANT EACH ONE OF YOU TO BE THERE!

You’re the best!!!
Mary
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