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Sovereignty

Joseph was favored.  Out of his 11 brothers, Joseph was the favorite of his father Jacob.  He was also favored of God.  This is not the same thing as saying He was God’s favorite.  Rather, God chose Joseph for a special role or purpose.  His grace or favor was evident in Joseph’s life. Genesis 37 begins with the story of Joseph as a young man.  It starts by telling us about two dreams Joseph had.  It also tells us that his brothers hated him.  They hated him.  They hated him.  Three times in only a few verses, we read that Joseph’s brothers hated him.  They were jealous because of their father’s favoritism and enraged by the implications of Joseph’s dreams.   First, Joseph dreamed that they were all out in the field tying up bundles of grain.  Suddenly his bundle stood up and his brothers’ bundles all gathered around and bowed low before Joseph’s.  Without any education in dream interpretation, his brothers immediately caught the significance.  They said, “Do you actually thin