Dad, watch you do.
In my previous blog, Evil Report, we saw that Joseph knew that there were distinctions between his brothers. He knew that he was his dad’s favorite, but I am sure any kid would realize that fast.
But he also knew that his father, Jacob, showed distinction between the sons of Leah (his first wife) and the sons of his maid servants, Bilhah and Zilpah. As a result, he brought evil reports only about the sons of the maid servants, but not about the sons of Leah.
Now how would Joseph knew that his father showed favoritism even among his other sons? Rachel, the mother of Joseph, passed away at an early age, so she would not have taught that. Surely Leah or the maid servants would not have taught him that their sons were not treated equally by his father. Then, how?
When Jacob came across Esau, his elder brother, he was scared for the safety of his family. Jacob was sure that Esau, who came with 400 men, was going to take revenge for deceitfully taking away the blessings of the first born from their father, Isaac.
So, Jacob wanted to make sure that in such a case, his entire family was not wiped out. Therefore, he separated them according to the importance that he gave to each of his wife and their sons. The least important were in the front, followed by the next important ones and finally, the ones who he treasured the most. The Bible tells the arrangement in an eloquent manner.
And he put the slave women and their children first, and Leah and her children afterward, and Rachel and Joseph last. – Genesis 33:2 (MKJV)
Note that the word used here to describe the maid servants is ‘shiphchâh’ (shif-khaw’) which is the word for ‘female slave.’
Jacob puts the maid servants and their sons in the front, so if Esau attacked, then they would die first, giving a chance for Leah and her sons to escape. And even if they were killed, Rachel and Joseph would have a chance to escape.
Joseph, though a small child, saw how his father separated the family. And, that made a strong impression on him. He ended up playing favorites among his brothers.
If you are a parent, you have a higher responsibility. Everything you do, you say will affect your child. It does not matter how old they are, but they are looking up to you. So, remember that.
If you are a smoker, you may avoid smoking in front of your child. But the kid sees the cigarettes and knows the smell. It will follow you, sooner or later.
If you drink, you are making a huge and an unwanted impact on your child. You are saying it is cool to get drunk.
If you lie before your kid, it sets a very bad example. For example, consider this. You are supposed to be at a different place for an appointment. You are still in your apartment with your kid. The person who you are supposed to meet, calls you on your mobile. And you tell him, that you are caught in the traffic and will be there in another 5 minutes. Your kid is watching you and decides it is okay to lie.
The list goes on and on. So, parents, you have a higher responsibility. Remember that always.
|Proverbs 19:20-21“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
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