Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37:18-28)

They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” — that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and 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 their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

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  • Jim Roberts

    When I was in grade four, I had a Sunday School teacher who tried to play the whole thing off as being a prank, just a jape between brothers. Man, that teacher got an earful. When I was 9, I was kind of a jerk, but occasionally used it to a good end.

  • aunursa

    No chicken for me.  I’ll have a Reuben instead.

  • PandaRosa

    Interesting slant on things, Joseph’s abducation a practical joke that got waaaaay out of hand too fast. And of course their treachery would boomerang on them in the most unexpected of ways, allowing their family and their people to thrive during famine.
    As the peerless Mark Twain put it: What Joseph that ever lived would have thrown
    away such a chance to “show off?” … (sitting there) on a king’s throne forgiving the ragged tremblers whose happy rascality placed him there?
    And yet it was eldest brother Judah who would be mentioned as ancestor of the Messiah.
    Makes me realize God has a sense of humor. Or something.

  • D9000

    Please. I have tried very hard to suppress the memory of that awful musical. 

  • Magic_Cracker

    Some schmutz on my computer screen made it look like half-term Governor Palin had raccoon’s pizzle bone sticking out of her mouth.

  • AnonymousSam

    And then Joseph grows up to become one of the finest capitalists in all of history, taxing grain from the farmers throughout Egypt, then selling it back to them at a high profit when the famine arrives, then taking their farms and making them slaves! :D

  • EllieMurasaki

    It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ocher and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange and blue!

  • Zos Canaan days we used to know…

  • Not sure if anyone here is interesting in the political and economic mess in Greece but if you are:

    “Alarm at Greek police ‘collusion’ with far-right Golden Dawn”

    “The Greek Orthodox Church blessing the neo-Nazis”

    This is where austerity leads.

  • The German Chancellor should know better than to aid and abet that with even more insistence on just doing that stiff-upper-lip thing. Where’s that classic picture that has some millionaire on a ladder bellowing, “Now let’s all move down one rung!” pushing the working person under water?

  • Magic_Cracker

    Hey, Joseph invented feudalism/serfdom/sharecropping!

  • Jenora Feuer

     The scary part is, having been involved in a production some thirty years ago now, I can still rattle that list of colours off from memory even having forgotten half the lyrics to the other songs.

  • aunursa

    Those of you who have been at this blog for more than a year will recall.  I lost my brother one year ago today.  My biological family has enjoyed long life (grandparents lived into their 80’s-90’s-100’s; parents in their 70’s and healthy.)  My brother had been in perfect health, but that morning he complained of a severe headache.  At about this time of the day, he collapsed at work and was taken to the hospital.  He suffered a brain aneurysm and never regained consciousness.  When it was announced on this blog, other commenters offered me very kind words of condolence, for which I shall always be grateful.

    We will be traveling to be with my sister-in-law this weekend, so I won’t be participating in the LB thread.

    Everyone who reads this, please do me one favor.  Call or visit people you care about whom you haven’t spoken with in some time.  Let your friends and loved ones know how much you love them … and how much they mean to you.  You never know when it may be too late. I am grateful that the last time I saw him, it was a happy occasion (my birthday) and I let him know how happy I was to see him.

    Also — if you can, please consider registering to be an organ donor.  It brings me comfort to know that my brother’s last action saved the lives of several people whom he never met.

    Thank you.

  •  We balance each other out then… I fell in love with this show in my freshman year of high school (over thirty years ago) and can probably still recite the entire album with some practice (including the extremely annoying Narrator), but I never did memorize  the list of colors.

  • AnonaMiss

    Best wishes to you and your family in your grief, Aunursa.

    This comment is short not out of flippancy, but because nothing else I try to say seems substantial enough to include.

  • D9000

    Oh, thank you so very much. Not only did I get it at school (I think I was Second Cow) but my youngest son got cast as Joseph when he was at school. And my children are not like me; they are keen and conscientious and hard working, captain of the school rugby team, that sort of thing. So Joe (yes, I know, it was Fate, if only we’d called him Romeo instead) practiced. At home. For a month. Do you know what it does to your teeth, keeping them gritted for a month?

  • Kirala

     Could be worse. Could be the Narrator!

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first musical my family saw together – I was 13, my youngest sister 8 – and thus it became the soundtrack of my family’s European vacation that summer. (We seriously lucked out with a number of circumstances. This was not exactly our lifestyle.) I have very fond memories of trying to nail down the three parts of “Grovel, Grovel” while hiding in the shrubbery of the Schönbrunn gardens with my sisters. Joseph’s solos (and the color lists) we had already long since memorized at that point.

    And then in high school, one sister and I got to participate! I still say that knowing all the lyrics should have netted one of us a better role than “wife”…

  • phranckeaufile

    I’d like to nominate the story of Tamar, Amnon and Absalom in 2 Samuel 13 as the subject of a future entry in this series.

    In general, the Davidic family makes the Corleones and Sopranos look like choir boys.