Jacob traverses to Bethel per God's command and sets up shop for a while. Him and his people rid themselves of jewelry and idols and spend time just basking in the Lord. It's so easy to make excuses about why we don't have time for God... with all of this technology and distractions, we sometimes lose sight. How cool would it be to just rid ourselves of all of the distractions and just bathe ourselves in His light... for an hour? For a day? how long could you do this?
Jacob is renamed Israel and the passage flip-flops between calling him Jacob and Israel...kind of confusing. Rachel dies giving birth to his last son: Benjamin. Jacob makes is back to his father and gets to spend a little more time with him before he passes as well. Jacob and Esau are still getting along as they bury their father together. It feels like Isaac has been dying for a long time...since the brothers tricked him into giving the wrong one the birthright...no clue why it stretched out that long.
This is where the story of Joseph and his coat start. He makes enemies of his family when he tells them about dreams he's been having. Basically, they all insinuate that his family will bow to him.. obviously they aren't too keen about this. Jacob sends him out to report on his brothers one day. When they see him coming, they plot to kill him, but Reuben (the oldest) suggests throwing him into a cistern alive. His ultimate plan is to rescue him later and return him to Jacob. This plan goes awry when a caravan comes and the brothers decide to sell their own brother. Later, Reuben goes back to save him, but realizes he isn't there and is very distraught. I'm not sure where he dipped out to while they were making the transaction, but it seems he had no part in it. The brothers trick their father into thinking Joseph is dead...
I kind of started losing respect for these guys after the slaughtered an entire city. They seem to take things just one step too far. Mob rule I guess?
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