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to the divine will, they rebel against God, who intimated by those dreams that all the rest of the family should be dependent upon him. They call him the dreamer, here comes the dreamer. Not here comes our brother Joseph, but, behold, this dreamer cometh.It is very sinful and wicked for children to call each other names. It is a sin that God will punish, it is a thing that will make your brothers and sisters very angry, and in order to revenge themselves, they may do some thing to you that you may feel the effects of it all the days of your life. Live in love and peace among yourselves. Love each other as much as you can, and I am sure you will be much more happy than Joseph's brethren.
Love and Hatred.
NOW by the bowels of my God,
Clamour, and wrath, and war, begone,
The spirit, like a peaceful dove,
Flies from the realms of noise and strife;
Tender and kind be all our thoughts,
For the dear sake of Christ his Son. Watts,
JOSEPH SOLD FOR A SLAVE.
GEN. 37. 23. Then there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites, for twenty piec es of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
You have heard why Joseph was called
"the dreamer." Have you read his dreams? If you had dreamed two such remarkable dreams, I think you would have done as Joseph did, told it to your father and mother, and brothers and sisters. I am not quite sure, whether you would not also have told your school-fellow, but I rather think you would. Joseph's father saw that his brethren were angry, and in order to soften their resentment, he thought it necessary to rebuke Joseph. He intimated that it was but a dream, and his mother who had been loug dead, being brought in, that it could not be fulfilled, whereas no doubt Leah was alive;
and by the sun, moon and eleven stars, the whole family was intended. His brethren envied him, but his father observed the saying; like Mary he treasured up these dreams in his mind, and pondered on them in his heart. The consequence was that Joseph's brethren gave him a new name, and call him the DREAMER.
His father sent Joseph to Shechem, to see if his brethren were well; see whether the people of the country had not fallen upon them and killed th m, for the murder they committed in slaying all the males of the city of Shechem with the edge of the sword, -Not finding them at Shechem, he went to Dothan, in which place he heard from a man, whom he met with while seeking for his bre thren, that they had departed. They see him at a distance, and agree together to slay him, and conceal his death from their fa ther, by a lie. As soon as he came up to them, they seized upon him and took off his coat of many colours, and cast him into a pit. This was done by the advice of Reuben. They then sat down to eat bread, and while
they were feasting themselves, some merchants passed by, going down to Egypt, with spices. Seeing these men, Judah proposed that they should sell Joseph to them and not take away his life. Let us attend,
I. TO JUDAH'S PROPOSAL TO SELL JoSEPH. "And Judah said unto his brethren, what profit, is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let. not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh: And his brethren were content." This was Judah's proposal; they thought by selling Joseph to these merchants, that he would be carried so far away as not to be able to return to bear rule over them. They expected never to hear of Joseph any more. It will be less guilt, more gain to us, if we sell. Why did Joseph's brethren want money? Were they poor? Would not their father have given them money if they had asked him for some? Certainly he would. There was no necessity for them to sell their brother, in order to obtain money to supply their wants. They had provisions with them. They thought if