Ornament: Coat of Many Colors (Homemade ornament - pipe cleaner for a hanger and colorful paper cut in the shape of a coat)
Scripture: Genesis 37:1-36; 45:1-15
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Pages 76-83 The Forgiving Prince
Day 7 Synopsis: Moving right along in the Old Testament, we arrive to the part of Jacob's second youngest son Joseph. Jacob (also known as Israel) had 12 sons in all, but Joseph was his favorite. Jacob gave Joseph a very special gift: a coat of many colors. Well Joseph had 10 older brothers who didn't find Jacob's favoritism towards Joseph all that great. They were jealous. It didn't help matters that Joseph would have crazy dreams and tell his brothers they and the entire family would bow down to him. Telling your brothers they will bow down to you one day is not a way for Joseph to win the "Favorite Brother Award."
Joseph's brothers decide they hate him enough to kill him. They plot to murder him, but in the end decide to sell him as a slave instead (for only 20 pieces of silver.) Years pass and Joseph ends up in prison and has a crazy life story. After being in prison for a long time, Pharaoh (the King of Egypt) finds out that Joseph is very gifted and blessed by God and puts him in charge of all Egypt. A terrible famine spreads across the land and Joseph saves the Egyptians by storing up grain when the crops are bountiful. Eventually Joseph's family runs out of food and runs to Egypt for help. His brothers find themselves bowing before Joseph and they don't even recognize him as their brother! (Sounds like a crazy dream someone had earlier?!?)
Joseph could have been bitter and retaliated against his brothers. After all, they were terrible to him and even hated him. But Joseph knew that God used what his brothers intended for evil for the ultimate good of an entire nation and for himself. Despite all of their hatred, Joseph chose to love them. He revealed himself as their brother and rescued them from starving. One day, God was going to send us another Rescuer who would also be sold and hated. Jesus would be betrayed by the people who were supposed to have his back, just like Joseph was. But God will use all the "bad things" that happened to Christ (even death on a cross) to save His people. God works everything out for good. Christ, like Joseph, chose forgiveness. And one day, we will all bow before Christ and worship Him. Similar to how the shepherds bowed and worshipped Him that first Christmas.