January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017


Focus Verse: ‘“Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.’” His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty sheckles of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.”

Genesis 37:27-28

Tell me if this sounds familiar: The children of Israel are upset with their brother for claiming to be worthy of their praise and adoration; he says that one day, whether they like it or not, they will bow down to him. They’re so upset, in fact, they want to kill him. Then they figure, why get their hands dirty, here come some foreigners they could sell him to and they can take care of him. So sell him they do, for twenty pieces of silver (Jesus was sold for thirty…the going price for a slave…even back then inflation was evident).

Here’s what the “brothers” didn’t know: in selling this man, they were really saving their entire nation and anyone else who would come to him for help. What they intended for evil, God would work out for good.

Are we still just talking about Joseph?

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