Genesis 37 (the story of Joseph) You know, there is more to this story too (other than Just Jealousy, or envy). They were afraid of him ruling over them……..
“Let’s throw him in a pit” they said, and see what becomes of his dreams……”
Wow. Talk about a great family! Very loving, and Kind, eh? So Joseph had a vision (and dream) from the Lord, he spoke about it, and his brothers threw him in a pit. Left him to die, didn’t even care if they ever saw him again. Wow.
And did God punish them for this behavior? Joseph WAS God’s chosen, you know? One would think God would have went after the with a vengeance……
But instead, he shaped Joseph more, watched over Him, Protected him, helped him stay sane. Then his day came ….
Turns out the calling was to serve not to rule over them with an iron fist (as they feared) ……and believe Me Joseph did not mince words when they had to come to him for help either….He said “What you meant for evil” .………..God turned out for Good (Paraphrased) and thus we have, the comparison to Romans Chapter 8 (New Testament). So what I learned from Joseph is #1 Stay Merciful #2 Stay Kind #4 Forgive them #5 Grow anyway and develop in God ……
AND forgive does not mean “you have to forget” ………
And sometimes God’s “vengeance” is not what we think it will be……….
The brothers had to come to him, acknowledge he was chosen…In order to be FED.
Laura Grace Author, minister, and your companion in the Preaching of the Gospel of Christ