• April Knapp

Advent Day 9: Evil Turned Good

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."

Genesis 50:20

Joseph’s brothers were filled with murderous jealousy toward him. Their father favored Joseph and gifted him a coat made of rich colored fabric. To make things worse, Joseph spoke of dreams that told him he would be a ruler and his brothers would bow before him. Hatred filled their hearts and they plotted to murder their brother, but decided to instead sell him into slavery.

Through many trials, God lifted Joseph up and eventually he became Pharaoh's second in command. When a famine ravaged their homeland, Joseph’s brothers found themselves bowing before their brother as predicted. When they realized this man in power was the brother they betrayed, they were filled with terror. But, Joseph embraced his brothers in forgiveness.

There are numerous parallels between Joseph and Jesus. Joseph’s story doesn’t just hint at Jesus, it screams his name.

When we hear Joseph’s story, we are reminded of our own. Like Joseph’s brothers, we begin our lives meaning evil against God. Just as Joseph embraced his brothers with forgiveness, Jesus intervenes in our lives with compassion, forgiveness, and mercy.

For Joseph, I had to make his famous coat of many colors. I bought colorful fabric and cut out two coat forms from a pattern I drew. I sewed them together to make the ornament sturdy. I made the hanger out of floral wire.

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