TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Scripture: Genesis 37:22-28
In Genesis 37:22-28 we find, “And Reuben said to them, ‘Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him’—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father. So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. So Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.’ And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.” I surely thought that with Judah’s amazing calling he would have been a very honorable individual and yet he is the one who sold his own brother for gain. That is amazing. I wonder how guilty he felt when the brothers became aware that Joseph was the second in command in Egypt. What a rotten thing to do to your brother! Now surely if God can declare Judah blameless and worthy to be in Christ’s lineage, can we argue with the Lord about our own gift of blamelessness! We have never sold anyone into slavery for twenty pieces of silver. He is one compromised character, but God knows the motive of heart! This cleansing Blood might be stronger than we thought. Judah might argue, it was compassionate to sell Joseph and save his life, but slaves in that era often died at the whim of the master. How did they know what awaited Joseph, either death or life? They did not know but acted out of jealousy and were willing to sell him into a bondage that could have easily ended in his death.