They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. —Genesis 37:18-20

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. —Genesis 37:27

Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.” —Genesis 37:31-32

            What causes a group of brothers to so hate their brother that they conspire to kill him, then instead sell him into slavery?  On top of that they planned to deceive their father into thinking Joseph was killed by a wild animal.  They watched their father grieve for the son he thought was now dead.  How wickedly horrible is that!

            How did these brothers get to that point of hatred toward their brother Joseph?  Well first, Joseph—

  • The seventeen year old brought a bad report of them to their father.
  • Was loved more by Israel(Jacob) than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.\.
  • Was favored by his Father over all his other brothers
  • Told his brothers a dream that meant all his brothers would be in submission to him.
  • Told his brothers, and father, another dream that, not only his brothers, but his parents would be in submission to him

His brothers were jealous of Joseph and their hatred toward him festered and fumed, simmering until it boiled over to conspire to get rid of him.  Jealousy and hatred unchecked led to violent action.  This is what can happen today, and does, with those who have the same mindset unchecked by godly reason.

Do you have any of these type feelings toward anyone?  If so you need to take them to the Lord for forgiveness toward those you are having feelings toward and for the Lord to forgive you for having those feelings.  May you do so now!

Dear Father please help me to have and keep a clean conscience in these areas.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may this be so.

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