In Joseph’s Brother’s eyes, his life made no difference. It was only important that he be out of their sight. Killing him was of no more importance than killing a wild dog. Fortunately, they liked money more than they wanted him dead. So selling him into slavery made them a couple of bucks and rid them of the dreamer. Rueben and Judah really hated to see the boy die…kinda, but they did not want to join him either. They quietly agreed and sent their little half bro to his destiny–oh and what a destiny it would be!
Look at our world today–people dispatch babies by the million. They behead Christians to show how really committed they are to world wide Islamic peace and order. Movies kill at least 5 or 6 people to make the show exciting. Amazingly, we become more distraught at the death of a cat or dog than we do of a mother or child! Lack of commitment to God is often followed with a lack of value in human life. 10 of Israel’s Patriarchs showed that lack of commitment in the life of their brother.
We must value our commitment and we must value life. That will set us apart from the world and will transform us into God’s image. He values life above all and restored it with the sacrifice of his son. Never be fooled, killing is killing no matter the label and to call it caliphate, abortion or euthanasia is a nice way to simply devalue life. Help me, Lord to show the value of life to all I know!
God Bless You
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
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[b] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.