The Goldbergs follows a slightly dysfunctional family during the 1980s in all their big-haired glory. Beverly, the mom, is particularly memorable. She smothers her children, believing they can do absolutely anything and seeks to fulfill their every need, much to the three kids’ chagrin.
While the Goldberg family can bring a hearty chortle, the dysfunctional family described in our text today is no laughing matter. In these few verses, we are given a picture of a family that struggles to be just that.
Jacob’s favouritism of his son Joseph (Gen. 37:3-4) led to Joseph’s brothers resenting him and eventually selling him into slavery (vv. 12-36). Joseph didn’t help matters by telling his brothers about his dreams, in which Joseph rules over his brothers (vv. 5-11).