Joseph’s brothers were so wounded by their father’s favoritism that they wanted to kill their younger brother. It was only because of Reuben, the oldest brother who probably felt some semblance of responsibility, that the brothers abstained from their plan and threw Joseph into a pit instead. But his life was still in peril as they callously sat down and ate a meal as their brother pleaded with them (see 42:21).
But then a new opportunity arrived. When Judah saw a caravan of traders approaching, he asked his brothers what they would gain by killing Joseph. Instead, they chose to make a few bucks off of their brother and sold him to the Midianites. But as we see how sin was wreaking havoc in yet another generation of Abraham’s family, we will also see that there was a way to break the chain. God would be at work in Joseph and the brothers to change them. Sin is inherited and many sins are learned behaviors. But God’s grace and mercy made known to us in the gospel are greater. Christ has crushed sin under His heel, and in doing so, He has freed us from its power in our lives.
What sins do you feel enslaved to that you need to repent of and trust in Christ for deliverance?