Genesis 37 – Beasts

Well, it seems the slower i write, the better i write.  Since i ran out of ink in my Pilot Varsitys (disposable fountain style pens) i have had to switch back to ball point.  As a result, my writing speed has increased.  It is easier to write with ballpoint.  The fountain pen is rougher and scratchier, and thereby requires a slower more careful pace.  Also, the ink is is lighter in the ballpoint due to the nature of the ink and pen.  As a result, i have been writing faster and much sloppier, and it has really been effecting the work.  So today, i purposefully started slowing down and writing more carefully.  As a result my writing definitely has improved, but by the end of the chapter i can definitely tell that it is slipping again.  I really need to get myself another set of Varsitys or other fountain style.

The reality of the human condition and situation becomes darker in the face of this chapter.  Here we begin to see the relationships between the siblings.  We find that Joseph (Rachael’s older son) is clearly favored by his father and hated by his siblings.  He tells his siblings about dreams he had that they and his father would bow down to him, and they become even more bitter and angry.

When they get a chance, a group of his brothers decide to gang up on him and kill him, but Reuben wants to protect him.  So Reuben sets up a rescue plan.  Unfortunately, at the last minute the other brothers change their mind and decide that money is worth more  than blood on their hands, so they sell him as a slave, foiling Reuben’s plans.

Meanwhile; they kill a goat, put the blood on Joseph’s coat, bring it to their father, and allow their father to think that Joseph was killed by wild beasts.  Thus their father mourns for Joseph, refuses to be comforted, and almost goes to his own grave.  The brothers go on with their lives as if nothing had happened.

So who are  the beasts?

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