Genesis 37:3

Posted on December 28, 2009


Genesis 37:3

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented [a] robe for him. 

It is amazing to me that Jacob/Israel was one of the Old Testament All-Stars. Don't mean to be sacrilegious, but it is.

And frankly, if Jacob/Israel had been living today and perhaps was a hot shot leader of a church or ministry or was maybe just an all-around good guy who did or talked or wrote books good things in a quasi-faith-based way like Bono or Joel Osteen, Jacob/Israel would have been run out of town on a network made-for TV-special rail when discovered Jacob/Israel had done the things he did.

Which I suppose is an indictment of today more than an endorsement of then…

But know even after all the debauchery and tomfoolery (and blessing by God, which does not seem to go hand in hand with the first two) this development from Jacob/Israel takes the cake. Because it seems to me that Jacob/Israel has spent decades trying to work through his birth order issues, so what does he do with his Brady Bunch of Boys, he picks a favorite.

The baby.

Jacob/Israel picks Joseph, the LAST BORN to be the BEST LOVED.

Does he not remember all the mess that came out of his jerking around with blessing/brother/hairy arm disguise?

(That would be a rhetorical question and the answer is No.)

And to make matters worse by running out to "Ornamented Robes R Us" and picking out the best-est, fanciest, most ornamented-est robe for his baby boy.

Oh Jacob/Israel, Jacob/Israel, Jacob/Israel, whilst thou never learn-est? (just felt this question needed a good KJV admonition.)

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