Joseph was favored of God, yet…
Favor on your life doesn’t mean the absence of problems. In fact, it might make you a target for problems. What favor means is that, if you’ll hang on, you will get through every problem. And when you get through problems, even big hairy ones, God will be glorified.
We can’t be so nervous about problems that we panic or run from them. God loves to show us off in the midst of problems.
Acts 7:9 – “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him…”
Genesis 37: 3-4 – Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
The KJV calls the robe “many colored.” However, the Hebrew word meant “a full, sleeved garment, the symbol of royalty.”
The clothes that were worn by the typical man represented toil and labor. Only the rich, those of royalty, would wear garments with long sleeves. They did this because, unlike the people around them, they didn’t have to labor for a living.
Jacob, in giving Joseph this coat, was, in effect, saying that Joseph would be royalty.
Metaphors to consider:
Joseph came out of Rachael, the one Jacob loved. We too have come from the one father loves.
He was given a special robe to signify love. We too have been given the robe of righteousness.
The robe was a robe of covenant, a robe of blessing, a sign that provoked blessing which harked back to the rainbow with its 7 colors ( also representing covenant.) We too are hidden in Jesus, and brought into Covenant with Father.
Joseph was punished and hated for the blessed life. We too will be hated by some for living the blessed life.
Wherever he turned and through all the circumstances which befell him, Father turned it to the good until he was brought into his ultimate destiny: the saving of his brothers and an entire nation. We too, need not compromise or worry. Father will turn all troubles into blessings and use troubles to promote us into our destiny.
He conquered bitterness and showed His brothers mercy. We too must show mercy to those who once persecuted us.
This was all a fore-type of Christ, and a fore-type of the man in covenant with God. We, being in him, have on that same spiritual garment that extends to our hands and feet. In Christ, we have been declared royalty.
After 17 years of wearing that robe Joseph didn’t forget who he was. Even though the robe was gone, he remembered: I’m loved. I’m chosen. I’m special. I’m royalty. Don’t forget who you are. Regardless of what happens, regardless of the pit you find yourself in.
Your memory of royalty will keep your faith alive.