7 For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock.
It is amazing to me how God blessed both Jacob and Essau in spite of their disobedience and sinfulness. When He says He is going to do something, He does it. When I look at their lives, I can think to myself, “Oh Lord, why did you bless them even in their disobedience?” And then I look at my own life and realize how truly amazing and loving He really is.
4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Jealousy can be a great evil. If left unchecked it can lead to great harm.
28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
Imagine the heartache of Joseph, being sold by his own brothers! How scared and forsaken he must have felt as he was being led away to Egypt considering he might never see his mother and father again. Perhaps he was thinking, as they were lifting him out of the pit, “Finally they are coming to their senses!” or “Maybe this is the end of a horrible practical joke!” Joseph was an amazing man, a great example of trusting God in the most dire of situations, and then in His strength, making the absolute best out of calamity.
29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, “How did you break through? This breach be upon you!” Therefore his name was called Perez.
This is a rather obscure story in the midst of the account of the life of Joseph. What is most interesting to me about it all, is that Tamar and Perez are cited in the first chapter of Matthew to be in the lineage of Jesus. It just goes to show us, that Jesus, our most high and royal King, came humbly though a long line of broken and deceitful people. The likes of you and me, for the purpose of reconciling us to God. Man! I never grow tired of pondering that glorious truth.