THE BIG PICTURE
Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21
By John R Wible
November 1, 2013
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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture (Literally)

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What’s the Point?
God is at work even in the midst of
conflict.

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Conflict
• Can feel draining, can feel like it is
keeping us from something meaningful
• God can use whatever conflict to ...
The Bible Passage
• Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21
• Joseph’s life from teenage to VicePharoah

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John R. Wible,...
The Setting
• Favoritism, hatred, and envy defined the
family of Jacob.
• Brothers hated Joseph wanting to kill him.
• Ins...
The Bigger Picture
• Israel’s role as the people of promise was
being jeopardized by their acceptance of
the loose moral s...
A Silver Lining
• When have you seen the silver lining in a
difficult situation?
• When did you figure out that it was, in...
Focus
• We’re not going to focus on
anyone’s dysfunctional family.
• We’re going to focus on the work of God
in the midst ...
What Have We Learned?
Four Sessions of resolving conflict
• Conflicts can arise because of different
priorities
• It’s Not...
I Have a Dream
Read: Genesis 37:5-8
• Joseph had a dream that all the sheaves
bowed down to him.
• Perhaps he should have ...
Enough Blame to Go Around
• What was Joseph’s heritage of
deception?
• Who all was to blame?
– Joseph
– The Brothers
– Jac...
Bad Blood, Maybe?
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Read Genesis 37:26-28
What happened here? See page 152.
How did the brothers justify themselves...
Then What HaPPened?
• What has happened here? Joseph was:
– Priced
– Potiphar
– Prison
– Phantasies
– Prime Minister

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Drama in Egypt

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Drama in Egypt
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Read Genesis 50:15-21.
Q: Page 155 # 4?
Joseph saw the big picture.
How did God use event’s in Jos...
Your “Big Picture”
• Look at “The Big Picture” on page 148 of
the BOOK:

• Someone who hurt you is now asking to
be a part...
Live It Out
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•
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•

Conflict can be draining, God can use it.
Conflict can lead to resolution.
Resolution can enhance r...
I Wonder . . .
• Could God be at work in your conflict,
preparing a better story for you?
• That’s far better than any sil...
Let’s Pray About it!

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  1. 1. THE BIG PICTURE Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21 By John R Wible November 1, 2013 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 1
  2. 2. The Big Picture 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 2
  3. 3. The Big Picture (Literally) 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 3
  4. 4. What’s the Point? God is at work even in the midst of conflict. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 4
  5. 5. Conflict • Can feel draining, can feel like it is keeping us from something meaningful • God can use whatever conflict to bring meaningful results in our lives. • Conflict can lead to resolution, which can lead to stronger relationships. • God can strengthen our faith and endurance through conflict. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 5
  6. 6. The Bible Passage • Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21 • Joseph’s life from teenage to VicePharoah 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 6
  7. 7. The Setting • Favoritism, hatred, and envy defined the family of Jacob. • Brothers hated Joseph wanting to kill him. • Instead they profited from their hatred. • Done with their brother, later, they found themselves standing before him in Egypt. • He forgave them because he saw that God was at work through all that transpired. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 7
  8. 8. The Bigger Picture • Israel’s role as the people of promise was being jeopardized by their acceptance of the loose moral standards of the native Canaanites. – Incest, Reuben and his father’s wife – Judah’s marriage to a Canaanite, incest • God moved them away to Egypt through Joseph’s story 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 8
  9. 9. A Silver Lining • When have you seen the silver lining in a difficult situation? • When did you figure out that it was, in fact, a silver lining? • How did you react to the initial incident and then to the Big Picture? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 9
  10. 10. Focus • We’re not going to focus on anyone’s dysfunctional family. • We’re going to focus on the work of God in the midst of whatever dysfunction or conflict we are facing. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 10
  11. 11. What Have We Learned? Four Sessions of resolving conflict • Conflicts can arise because of different priorities • It’s Not about ME! • Sometimes you need to stand down • Never compromise on the Bible • Sometimes you have to “step in” 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 11
  12. 12. I Have a Dream Read: Genesis 37:5-8 • Joseph had a dream that all the sheaves bowed down to him. • Perhaps he should have kept it to himself • Page 151 Question # 2? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 12
  13. 13. Enough Blame to Go Around • What was Joseph’s heritage of deception? • Who all was to blame? – Joseph – The Brothers – Jacob – Rachael 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 13
  14. 14. Bad Blood, Maybe? • • • • Read Genesis 37:26-28 What happened here? See page 152. How did the brothers justify themselves? How does that differ from the teachings of Jesus? • How has a conflict shaped your life? • What does the quote on p. 156 mean? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 14
  15. 15. Then What HaPPened? • What has happened here? Joseph was: – Priced – Potiphar – Prison – Phantasies – Prime Minister 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 15
  16. 16. Drama in Egypt 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 16
  17. 17. Drama in Egypt • • • • Read Genesis 50:15-21. Q: Page 155 # 4? Joseph saw the big picture. How did God use event’s in Joseph’s life to impact positively Joseph, his family, the people of Egypt, all of the region? • How does it affect us today? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 17
  18. 18. Your “Big Picture” • Look at “The Big Picture” on page 148 of the BOOK:
 • Someone who hurt you is now asking to be a part of your life again, how might God be at work in this? • How might God be at work in a current conflict in your life? • How can we encourage each other? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 18
  19. 19. Live It Out • • • • • Conflict can be draining, God can use it. Conflict can lead to resolution. Resolution can enhance relationships. God strengthens faith and endurance. What are you going to do about it? – Trust God? – Forgive someone? – Call someone? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 19
  20. 20. I Wonder . . . • Could God be at work in your conflict, preparing a better story for you? • That’s far better than any silver lining.” 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 20
  21. 21. Let’s Pray About it! 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 21

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