Joseph’s Brothers were done with him. He was a reminder of what they wanted and what they were not. His father favored him, he was blessed and he was a dreamer. So, they wanted him out. First, they were going to kill him, but then, they decided simply to sell him into slavery. After all, then he would be ok and they would be done. They had no regard for his life or even the life of their father, they simply cared about removing him from their lives.
The world feels the same about us. The world wants no reminder that God is still in charge. They have spent the entirety of history trying to kill or remove all signs of God and his impact on them. Persecution, history rewrite and epic court battles are just some of the signs of the desire to get us out of the world. But, God is still God and we are not. He will always remain and leave his mark to show he is Lord. We are called to follow and trust him, despite the world’s effort to destroy us. If we do, God will show himself and us worthy as his children. Things will not be easy, but they will be blessed.
God Bless You
19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 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. 28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”