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August 13, 2017 at Old First Reformed Church, Brooklyn

Joseph's Dreams by Anna Kronick

Joseph's Dream by Evelyn Dunbar
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33
Joseph’s dreams get him in into trouble. Does it seem outrageous that someone’s dreams could enrage others to the point of murder?
Little Joseph, the youngest of all his brothers, has no regard for the way things are supposed to work in a family. Being the elder sibling entitled you to advantages in ancient society. In the previous generation, before Joseph, Isaac intended to give a birthright and blessing to his elder son Esau-- and Jacob in order to receive the blessing, had to steal it with trickery. When Jacob entered Laban’s house, Laban refused to let Jacob marry his younger daughter Rachel, until Jacob married his elder daughter Leah first.
And the rights of primogeniture, the rights of the firstborn child, are not merely ancient custom. Anyone coming from a family with multiple siblings can attest to the authority that older siblings wield. I…

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