July 1 Genesis 37:12-28

 July 1 Genesis 37:12-28

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Oh Heavenly Father, how one bad choice leads to another and another. In these verses we see jealousy and hatred cause normal people to make decisions that are life altering. Help us Father to seek You in all our decisions and not allow our emotions to take over. Emotions can get us into so much trouble if we rely on them and don’t remember what we know to be true and don’t rely on You. Help me to always lean into You with decisions I need to make. Help me treat others as You would have me treat them. Help me love others in spite of how I might feel about their actions. Help me separate people from how they act. It is so hard to do, but I want the same thing from others when I make mistakes. Help me Father, see people as You see them.
In Jesus’ name.

In these scriptures we see deception beyond belief. Sin can grip humans and cause unbelievable evil.
Even though family dynamics can be interesting, what would possess Joseph’s brothers to go to such extremes as in these scriptures?
Have you dealt with manipulation, favoritism, jealousy or even inheritance issues within your family? If so, pray that God will release you so you can move forward in peace, understanding and love.
Pray for families that are dealing with sinful situations of deception and strife.

Genesis 37:12-28
 Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near Shechem.13
 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am."14
 So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word." So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.15
 And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, "What are you seeking?"16
 "I am seeking my brothers," he said. "Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock."17
 And the man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.18
 They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.19
 They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer.20
 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams."21
 But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life."22
 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him"—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father.23
 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore.24
 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.25
 Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.26
 Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?27
 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him.28
 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
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Jerry Golub


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