25 Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.’ And his brothers agreed. 28When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
This is truly a disturbing story of jealousy and greed among siblings and the extent the brothers went to get rid of their brother, Joseph. And then the brothers have the audacity to enjoy a meal after they threw Joseph down a dry well! That is wrong for so many reasons.
The story doesn’t end there for Joseph. The guy he was sold to was named Potiphar, who was the King of Egypt’s high official, and he liked Joseph. Unfortunately, Joseph was framed for trying to seduce Potiphar’s wife and was wrongfully sent to prison. But Joseph continued to share his dreams. Eventually he was released from prison when the king heard the about Joseph’s dreams and interpreted some of them so that, together, they ultimately made a plan to save Egypt. Despite all the pain and wrong-doings Joseph endured, he was appointed as vizier (the second most powerful man in Egypt). And yes, about 22 years later, he was able to forgive his brothers face to face.
Joseph’s journey with God was not an easy one. I think the take-away here is that we can survive no matter what misfortunes we face. Joseph’s story teaches us to follow our dreams and most of all, never lose our faith in God.
Help us to seek your strength during these hard times. Let our hearts find comfort in you. I know we will survive because you are with us. Amen.