Joseph’s Technicolor Bender

We have a tendency to hold people in the Bible on a high pedestal. Although there are several biblical characters that seem to be very righteous, most are admittedly tainted. They are people.

I find it somewhat amusing when Christian folk get all high and mighty about marriage with the assumption the totally Bible backs them up.

We seem to forget about the great “fathers of the faith” Abraham, who had several wives. Jacob had four. We lose track when we get to David and Solomon.

There are some pretty bad role models in your Bible. It’s best to stick with your Sunday School knowledge than have your dreams shattered by being informed!

Not really. People in the Bible sin. It’s kind of what people do, whether they’re in the Bible or not.

I came across one of these things the other day reading in Genesis about Joseph and his brothers coming to Egypt to get food. Genesis 43:34 says about the dinner the brothers ate with Joseph:

And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of their’s. And they drank, and were merry with him.

So they got “merry” with Joseph. What’s interesting about that word “merry” is that this is the only time it’s translated “merry,” at least in the King James. The vast majority of the time this same Hebrews word is translated “drunk!”

That’s right, Joseph and his brothers all got drunk together. Had a little bender.

Joseph is one of those guys we hold highly. He does little wrong, other than possibly bragging a bit, but uh-oh! Here you go. Joe gets drunk.

Does this shatter your image of Joseph? It shouldn’t. Joseph is a guy. He’s noble and righteous in many ways, and he’s still a guy.

This, in no way, should lead us to excuse our sin. “Well Joseph got drunk, so can I.” “David was unfaithful to his wiveS, so I can be too.” Don’t go there. Our example is to follow Jesus Christ, to be like Him, He who was and is perfect.

What seeing the sins of those in the Bible should do, is relax you in your high and mightiness in pointing out other people’s sin. The next time you see someone “sin big” in front of you, consider they may be as virtuous as Joseph, just having an emotional roller-coaster of a day.

People sin. Get over it. Take care of you.

2 thoughts on “Joseph’s Technicolor Bender”

  1. Indeed it does! There are other words translated “merry.” For instance, “eat, drink, and be merry” does not mean “drunk” which seems like it would fit better!

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