(Amp Version) Gen 37: 3, 4- 3 Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a [distinctive] [c]multicolored tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all of his brothers; so they hated him and could not [find it within themselves to] speak to him on friendly terms.
There’s a popular phrase that goes- you should wear your clothes and not let them wear you. Against the backdrop of a fashion-centric age, we are all looking for where we fit (figurative and literal lol). What is far from unnoticeable now is the burst of bright colours plastered all over what we wear these days. Colours can project vivaciousness, sadness and the mundane. Colours can even reveal character.
Dream-stricken Joseph was a man surrounded by many colours of characters as seen in the Bible’s portrayal of his story. In the Bible text above, we see his father giving him the “distinctive (multi-coloured) tunic” (coat). This coat was given by his father as a symbol of favouritism in memory of the death of his beloved wife, Rachel. It was an unapologetic sign of a favoured relationship. The story then shows that Joseph’s brothers with all their plain coloured knee-length coats couldn’t clothe their envy. See, there are some colours that can’t be hidden. Joseph had been dressed in a symbolic sense to reveal his prophetic rise to leadership. This unbecoming scenario would sharply contradict the Jewish tradition which assumed that the eldest son would become the eventual leader of the household. As history has taught us all, some of the ultimate moments of betrayal hasn’t been between the farthest enemies, but in the closeness of friends and even family. Jealousy cannot stand in the presence of God’s favour. Jealousy whose colour is green sees red when it stares at the favoured. It will fidget with you in guilt trips and wrestle you with false stories of despair. God has favoured you and He is fixated on the best there is to you, when others are only bent to the worst in you. To be handpicked and dressed by God is an honour. God has deliberately bought you when you were left on the shelf. He has formed you for a great future. He has dressed you for this moment. Let no attention-starved, jealous and inappropriate being ever rob you of your clothes.