And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no. And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard (Genesis 37:31-36).
Today’s Morsel: When Joseph's brothers wanted to deceive their father Jacob for their error of hating and selling their brother Joseph into slavery, they took his coat of many colors and dipped it into blood to make it appear as though a wild animal had killed him. Joseph's brothers took his garment from him. I wonder if Joseph's brothers cast lots upon his coat before they decided to dip it with blood to see who would get it. They dipped his coat in blood. Why blood? The apostle John's writing in the book of Revelation speaking of Jesus said, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God” (Revelations 19:13). Joseph's brothers saw him as their enemy because he would tell his father of their evil doings. Why not rip his coat into pieces? Because this garment was special the same way as Jesus' garment was special. Joseph is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ. David said of Jesus, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (Psalms 22:18). Matthew completes the fulfillment by writing, “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots” (Matthew 27:35). Because Joseph's coat was of many colors, it represented the body of Christ, as Jesus is no respecter of persons. Therefore, every born again believer who has repented of their sins and is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of those sins has been dipped in His blood. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver. Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver. Joseph was sold into slavery, Jesus was crucified. And this happened all because of hatred for them both. But both Joseph and Jesus were sent forth by God to preserve life. And as Paul Harvey would say, and now you know the rest of the story.
Sing: The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary, it's the blood that gives me strength, from day to day, it will never lose its power. For it reaches, to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley, it’s the blood, that gives me strength, from day, to day, it will never lose its power.