Here's this week's Bible study blog entry for i.ucc:
Jealousy is an ugly, ugly thing. I think it can destroy relationships, church communities, towns, states – maybe even nations!
Am I being overly dramatic? Probably. I’m using the drama to help us get ready for the discussion of the melodramatic first part of the story of Joseph and his brothers. Good looking and well-dressed Joseph, his father’s favorite, was the envy of all the rest of his brothers. He was arrogant and his attitude did nothing to help his brothers’ jealousy. Joseph was also likely unaware of how deep his brothers’ jealousy ran.
So Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him and instead they had a little bit of pity on him (and a little bit of self-preservation on their part) and instead sold him as a slave.
This scene, and the ones that come later in Genesis, inspired the Joseph musical – and likely many other church skits.
What creative ways can you think of to tell this jealousy-filled melodramatic story from Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28?