Genesis 37:1 And Jacob lived in the land, where his father was a stranger in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph being seventeen years old was feeding the flock with אֹת־ his brothers; and the boy was with אֹת־ the sons of Bilhah וְאֹת־ and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and brought Joseph אֹת־ their evil report to his father. 3 Now Israel loved אֹת־ Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: so he made him a coat of many colors. C-MATS
Question: Did Jacob’s coat have many colors? Notice in this verse that the word many was added to the test. The Hebrew phrase kethoneth passim is translated in KJV as “coat of many colors”, but the phrase may mean a “coat with long sleeves”. The Hebrew words mean “properly, the palm (of the hand) or sole (of the foot); by implication (plural) a long and sleeved tunic (perhaps simply a wide one; from the original sense of the root, i.e. of many breadths)”. (Strong’s Concordance) The Revised Standard Version translates kethoneth passim as “a long robe with sleeves” while the New International Version notes the translation difficulties in a footnote, and translates it as “a richly ornamented robe”.
Question: Why did Jacob give Joseph a coat? The coat was a mark of leadership. After Reuben discredited himself by tampering with Jacob’s bed, Jacob elevated Joseph to the status of the “firstborn” and made him the coat to symbolize his new position in the family. This elevation caused Jacob’s brothers to hate him.
Question: What wisdom can we learn from this? A father should not single out one child among his others. Each child should be treated equally.
4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved אֹתו him more than all his brothers, they hated אֹתו him and could not speak peaceably to him. C-MATS
Question: How does Joseph foreshadow the Messiah in this verse? Joseph was despised by his own brothers and Yahshua was despised by his own brothers. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and Yahshua was betrayed by Judas. Joseph’s own brothers wanted to kill him and Yahshua’s own people wanted to kill him.
Question: “Jealousy, selfish desire, and status seeking, remove a person from reality.” What does this mean? What these three things have in common is that they indicate that a person is somehow dissatisfied with the situation that יהוה has put him in. They “remove a person from reality” because יהוה and His wisdom and goodness are the ultimate reality. While a person is connected to that reality in a deep way, it is virtually impossible to fall into any of those three negative states.
Spiritual Exercise: Do you desire what others have- talent, money, or appearance? Be content with who you are and the situation that יהוה has placed you in. He is faithful to bring you what you need.