Now Israel had a favorite son. His name was Joseph and he was the first son of Israel’s wife Rachel. Rachel had died giving birth to her second son Benjamin. Rachel was the wife that Israel had worked so hard to marry and so he had a preference for her sons. Israel should have known better than to show favoritism since it caused him so many problems with his brother Esau, but he did it anyway. He gave Joseph a beautiful coat. Some translations say many colors, others say heavily embroidered. The truth is, we don’t really know the exact translation of the word, just that it was special. This, of course, made his brothers jealous.
Then Joseph had 2 dreams that made it seem like he was going to be made a ruler over his family. Well, his big brothers really didn’t like that! So, when an opportunity came, his brothers sold him into slavery!
Now, selling your brother into slavery is wrong. And parents showing favoritism is wrong. And Joseph probably was bragging a little bit about his dreams which was wrong too. So, in this case, everyone made some mistakes. But, the cool thing is that God can take our mistakes and bring good from them. God ends up using Joseph in Egypt to save his family and the way he got there was being sold into slavery!
So we need to understand that, while God would rather we follow His good plan, He can still bring good things from our mistakes. So if you messed up, make it right and forgive yourself. Then move on and trust God to take care of the consequences.
Get plain T shirts (or just old ones) and let your child make a special shirt with sharpies or fabric paints. Remind them that Joseph’s special coat made his brothers jealous, but God used this for good.