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Joseph (Of Coat Of Many Colours Fame)

We all know the biblical story: Joseph was Jacob’s favourite son. One day Joseph’s brothers went out early to tend their flocks and Joseph later followed on but could not find them. A man stood in a field pointed out to Joseph the way his brothers had gone. When Joseph caught up with his brothers they sold him into slavery and then went home and told Jacob that Joseph was dead.

Joseph was taken to Egypt where eventually he interpreted the pharaoh’s dream of seven fat cows and seven thin cows as meaning there were to be seven years of good harvests followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh gave Joseph the job of collecting sufficient grain in the good years to see everybody through the bad years. When the famine came, Jacob and his family were able to buy Egyptian grain and were saved from starvation.

God had told Jacob to change his name to Israel. The families of Jacob/Israel’s twelve sons made up the twelve tribes of Israel and are the foundation of Judaism and therefore Christianity.

All pretty serious stuff and one of the key elements of the world we live in. And all because of an unknown man stood in a field. We don’t know who he was, but his directions changed the entire course of history.

So next time someone asks you for directions, tell them your name, so if it’s really important, we’ll all know it was you.

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