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Family Drama

Family Drama

Sep 08, 2019

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: We are Family: For better or Worse


September 8, 2019

Pastor John Welborn

We Are Family: For Better or Worse Family Drama
Genesis 37-50

The Gospel: Over the next three weeks, we are going to look at how the Gospel informs, affects and motivates our family relationships, but before we do that, we must define “The Gospel”.

  • Gospel Story: Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on a cross for the sins of the world, rose from the dead three days later, ascended to heaven and will return one day for his people.
  • Gospel Impact: Anyone who turns to Jesus in repentance & faith is forgiven of their sin, made righteous before God and is adopted into the family of God for all eternity.
  • Gospel Implications: Those who have been forgiven, made righteous & adopted into the family of God for all eternity now live their lives for the Glory of God above all things. This informs the believer’s vocation, recreation, finances, & relationships...including family!

Series Main Idea: For Better or Worse, My Family Affords Me the Opportunity to Glorify God.

Main Idea: God Redeems My Family Drama for His Glory & My Good.

“These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bihah & Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him & could not speak peacefully to him.” Genesis 37:2-4

Three Facts about Family Drama from Genesis 37-50:

    I. Every Family Deals with Drama

    “Now Joseph had a dream, & when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more...So Joseph went after his brothers & found them at Dothan. They saw him from afar, & before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him & throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, & we will see what will become of his dreams.’ But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying ‘Let us not take his life.’ And Reuben said to them, ‘Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him.’ That he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. And they took him & threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with heir camels bearing gum, balm, & myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is it if we kill our brother & conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishamelites, & let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.’ And his brothers listened to him, Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up & lifted him out of the pit, & sold him to the Ishaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. When Reuben returned to the pit & saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes & returned to his brothers & said, ‘The boy is gone, & I, where shall I go?’ Then they took Joseph’s robe & slaughtered a goat & dipped the robe in the blood. And they sent the robe of many colors & brought it to their father & said, ‘This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.’ And he identified it & said, ‘It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.’” Genesis 37:5, 17b-33

    II. God is Not Indifferent to Family Drama

    “Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard...So Joseph found favor in his sight & attended him, & he made him overseer of his house & put him in charge of all that he had...And Joseph’s master took him & put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, & he was there in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph & showed him steadfast love & gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison...Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has shown you all of this, there is none so discerning & wise as you are. You shall be over my house, & all my people shall order themselves as you command....So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth...When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, ‘Why do you look at one another?’ And he said, ‘Behold, I have heard there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down & buy grain for us there, that we may live & not die.’”” Genesis 37:36, 39:4, 20-21, 41:39-40a, 56-57, 42:1-2

    “And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him...Then he turned away from them & wept...And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, & to replace every man’s money in his sack, & to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them...So Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come near to me, please.’ And they came near. And he said, ‘I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt...So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, & lord of all his house & ruler over all the land of Egypt.’”.” Genesis 42:8, 24-25, 45:4, 8

    “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17

    III. Family Drama Can Be an Opportunity for Personal Growth

    “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘It may be that Joseph will hate us & pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.’...His brothers also came & fell down before him & said, ‘Behold, we are your servants.’ But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive as they are today. So do not fear, I will provide for you & your little ones.’ Thus he comforted them & spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:15, 18-21

    “When we collect the details of Joseph’s life we see a glorious reflection that closely mirrors another life we are so intimately familiar with. This is not because Joseph was Jesus’ favorite Bible hero he wanted to emulate. It is because God is sovereign & he has been laying the tracks for the glory of Christ throughout redemptive history.” Erik Raymond

    Before the Gospel can inform, affect or motivate our family dynamics, it must do its redemptive work in our own lives! Have you been saved?


    Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

    • Expository Outlines on the Old Testament – Warren Wiersbe (1992)
    • New American Commentary Series – Craig Bloomberg (1992)
    • Daily Study Bible Series – William Barclay (1976)
    • Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)
    • Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Matthew Henry (1994)
    • Tyndale Bible Dictionary – W.A. Elwell (2001)
    • The Wonderful Similarities between Joseph & Jesus – Erik Raymond (2018)