This Week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (February 24, 2019)

In 1967 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for the London Colet Court school choir. The musical piece was based on the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. It is remarkably accurate in the telling of the story. It was later turned into a Tony nominated Broadway musical that ran from January, 1982 through September, 1983. It has been in production regularly worldwide ever since. If one was unfamiliar with Genesis, the almost farcical production takes a sudden dark turn when Joseph’s brothers, jealous of their father’s clear preference for Joseph over the rest of them decide to sell Joseph into slavery and tell their father Jacob that Joseph was killed by wild animals. (Spoiler alert!) Joseph ultimately becomes Pharaoh’s prime minister. Because of a famine, Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food. There they encounter their long-lost brother Joseph. The Brothers, remembering what they did, are understandably terrified! Which brings the second jaw dropper. What does Joseph do? This from Genesis 45:

3Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come closer to me.’ And they came closer. He said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve [your] life…

Joseph forgives his brothers. What??? How could he forgive his brothers for such an evil deed? Because God orchestrated it, or at least Joseph interprets it all that way. Could any of us do that? Is that what we are called to do? Love those who despise us? Forgive those who ruin us? Come and hear about it on Sunday February 24 at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff preaches “Loving Without Liking” based on Luke 6: 27-38. We will look forward to seeing you. Then stay for the chili dogs after worship.

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