Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Enemies in Heaven Part 5

In understanding Joseph's bizarre behavior, it helps to remember that the ten brothers were not seeking a reconciliation with Joseph.

Standing before the ruler of Egypt, Joseph's ten brothers were surprised when he asked diligently about their father and their brother. Later, the ruler would have them seated correctly according to their ages. How could they not even suspect that the ruler was their brother?

Psalm 119:74 tells us: "Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word."

Christians who are hateful to other Christians don't fear the Lord, and none of Joseph's ten brothers feared the Lord. The Bible abounds in blessings for those who fear the Lord, and recognizing that none of these blessings applied to his brothers might have influenced Joseph's own behavior.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Our Enemies in Heaven Part 4

In wronging their brother, Joseph's ten brothers took advantage of failed leadership.

Jacob (Israel) was the head of the family. But Jacob had unfairly favored Joseph, and besides, he wasn't around.

Reuben, a man who excelled in strength and dignity, was unstable as water. Despite being the oldest brother, despite having enough responsibility to try to rescue Joseph, and despite being Godly enough to know that this was wrong, Reuben did not command enough respect to accomplish what was right.

Judah, a strong, courageous leader, rallied his brothers to do wrong, and he got away with it... for a long time.