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The truth was that Rueben, Israel’s oldest son–never intended to harm Joseph.  It was his hope to secretly release him and send him home. Sadly, when he went to carry out his plan, Joseph was already gone.  So, Rueben, had to once again face his dad and break his heart. 
 
He had already slept with Billah–Israel’s concubine, so once again, he delivered a heart breaking message–Joseph was gone.  Israel was crushed, he mourned the loss of his son–he also mourned the idea that it was he who had sent him on the journey that cost him his life.
 
The real truth was God had started this journey with both Israel and with Joseph.  Neither had any idea what was to come, but they both knew in whom they would have to trust.  Israel had already been through several battles and opportunities to trust God, but Joseph was just beginning.  This loss nullified Israel’s impact, but as time would show, it changed the world for his family and the entire human population.
 
What say us? When hit with devastating circumstances, how will we react?  Will we move forward and face them–knowing God is in charge?  The alternative is to withdraw, surrender and simply cease to participate in the battle that will mean a legacy for us and a life for our families.  We have to move forward and face the war–like Joseph.  We can never give up, give in or forget we are loved, protected and provided for.  Then we can face the most horrific realities; knowing that God has the reins and executes his plan, flawlessly.
 
God Bless You
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.