01/14/20: Genesis 37-39; Matt 10:26-42

In reading today’s passages from Genesis regarding Joseph I was reminded that while it may not always be obvious the hand of God threads throughout the lives of all mankind.  For example, were it not for God’s intervention through Joseph’s brothers Reuben and Judah Joseph may very well have been killed.

Genesis 37:  21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.  23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

Reflect for a minute – how many times has the Lord’s thread moved through your life and you were not aware until days, weeks, months, or even years later?  And then give thanks for His love …

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