Thursday - The Pitfall Of Betrayal



Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 37:1-5, 19-24, 26-27


Key Lesson Theme: “The Pitfall Of Betrayal”


Today's Lesson: Thursday, January 20


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Genesis 37:26-27


26 Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?


27 Come on, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay a hand on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh,” and his brothers agreed.


Commentary


We are not told how much Joseph understood about his dreams. It is highly unlikely he had a view of how they would come to pass. At the same time, apparently, he believed the message behind the dreams. He may have had a sense that the Lord was preparing to do something significant in his life. That being true, he may have expected it to come easy and unchallenged. And he seems to have thought his family would be pleased to hear about his dreams.


But they weren’t, and the deed was done.


The disruption that Joseph had become to the lives of his brothers was over. For them, the possibility of those silly dreams ever coming true had ended as well. Joseph may have had a similar thought. His life as he had known it and whatever future he anticipated certainly was turned upside down. He also may have thought that whatever God had been revealing to him had been seriously put in doubt as well. How would a Hebrew ever achieve a position in Egypt that carried any authority? And even if he did, why would his brothers and father ever stand before him? It was not likely to happen—or could it?

What are some lasting truths from Genesis 37:26-27?

  • Conflict can disrupt relationships and our course in life.

  • The evil in the heart is the source of evil action.

  • Take pause before thinking that the evil designs of men will bring a halt to the working of God.


Until tomorrow Saints...

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