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Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19
Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19

from the book
Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series VIII, Cycle A

Carlos Wilton

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 — Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33


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Theme For The Day
Faith always involves an element of risk.

Old Testament Lesson
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Joseph Is Sold Into Slavery
The Joseph cycle goes on for many chapters in the book of Genesis. Today and next week, the lectionary includes excerpts from the story. This week's installment focuses on Joseph's betrayal by his brothers. Verses 1-4 speak of Jacob's gift to him of an elegant "long robe with sleeves" -- a kingly garment, unsuited to the rough shepherd's life of his brothers (earlier translations speak of "a coat of many colors"). This coat served as a constant reminder that "their father loved him more than all his brothers," allowing him to live a soft, protected life in the camp. Skipping over the account of Joseph's early dreams -- which further incite his brothers' hatred, for they show them bowing subserviently to him -- the lectionary moves on to tell how Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery. Their original plan ...

This Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 preaching resource, Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19, is based on Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and relates to Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Lectionary Preaching Workbook. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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