Wrong Turns


Wrong Turns

March 14, 2021

Ed Traverse

Wrong turns and detours




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We all want to be on the right path

Gen 15:13-14
13  Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be
servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.  14  But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall
come out with great possessions.

Genesis 37:5-11
5  Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.  6  He said to them, “Hear this dream
that I have dreamed:  7  Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves
gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”  8  His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?”
So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9  Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I
have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”  10  But when he told it to his father and to his
brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed
come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”  11  And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Life is full of wrong turns and detours

Genesis 37:18-27
18  They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.  19  They said to one
another, “Here comes this dreamer.  20  Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. [ a ]  Then we will say that a fierce animal has
devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”  21  But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not
take his life.”  22  And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might
rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father.  23  So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many
colors that he wore.  24  And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25  Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh,
on their way to carry it down to Egypt.  26  Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?  27  Come, let us
sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.

God’s plan cannot be derailed

Genesis 37:28,36
28  Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels [a]  of
silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
36  Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.