DECEMBER 7 十二月7日
Joseph’s Beautiful Robe
他们要怎么和自己的父亲解释呢? 哥哥们想了一个计划，他们把约瑟的那件彩衣蘸在山羊的血里，带回去给雅各看。“噢, 不好了!” 他们说，“约瑟被野兽杀死了!”
Now, Jacob had 12 sons—but his favorite was Joseph. Because Jacob loved Joseph so much, he gave him a beautiful robe with lots of colors and wonderful decorations on it. When Joseph’s brothers saw that robe, they could tell that their father loved Joseph best. So they hated Joseph.
One day, Jacob sent Joseph to check on his brothers while they worked out in the fields with the sheep. As Joseph got closer, his brothers made an evil plan to hurt him. They yanked off his robe and threw him into an empty well. He couldn’t get out! Then, when some merchants came by with their camels and wagons, the brothers sold Joseph to the merchants as a slave.
What would they tell their father? They had a plan for that too. They took Joseph’s beautiful robe, dipped it in goat’s blood, and then showed it to Jacob. “Oh, no!” they said. “Joseph was killed by a wild animal!”
The merchants took Joseph far away to Egypt. There he was forced to work as a slave. And then he was put into prison. It looked like everything was going wrong. But God had a plan. God brought Joseph out of prison and made him a special helper, an advisor, for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt!
As Pharaoh’s advisor, Joseph saved his family’s life. This is how: God had told Joseph that soon there would be a famine. In a famine, the rain stops falling, and the crops stop growing, and people starve to death. So Joseph made a plan, and Pharaoh agreed to it.
The plan was to save some grain every year and store it in big warehouses. Then, when the
famine came, the people of Egypt had food to eat!
You know who else received some of that food in Egypt? Joseph’s brothers who hated him. Their families were hungry too, so they came to Egypt to get food. When they saw that Joseph had become a powerful ruler, they were shocked! Eventually, they said they were sorry they had been mean to him. Then they brought their father to Egypt too, and the whole family lived there for many years.
Do you know why it’s important that through Joseph, Jacob’s family was saved from starvation?
Because Jesus the Savior would be born in Jacob’s family.
As I hang JOSEPH’S ROBE on the JESSE TREE,
Here is an Advent promise for me:
God used Joseph to keep his father, Jacob, and his brothers safe.
From that family, many years later, Jesus was born.
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