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It is a shame that others must pay the price for our sin. When we choose to go “rogue” from God, there is inevitably collateral damage. In the case of Joseph’s brothers, the damage was the destruction of their father. Interestingly, it was the relationship between Joseph and his dad that drove the brothers to get rid of the boy—somehow, they failed to realize that taking him away would render their dad broken and inconsolable. I am sure the brothers who focused on their own needs could not comprehend the level of loss their lie caused.
Sadly, sin does that. It not only separates us from God, but it leaves a wake of damage that ripples far beyond our imagination. Often, seemingly insignificant acts grow into devastating messes. Had the person imagined the breadth of damage, they would never have done the act. That is why we are called to choose carefully whom we will serve. If we choose to follow God—great. If we choose to act independently, there is no telling the cost of the choice. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
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Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites[c] sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.