A daily event in our home is family Bible time, aka devotions or “chapel.” After the kids have finished their morning chores, we gather in the living room at 8:20 a.m. We read a passage from This Week’s Walk with the Lord, which our church publishes each week.
One of today’s passages was from Genesis 37, which details Joseph’s dream, his family’s response, and their selling him into slavery.
I focused our attention on the effects of the brothers’ jealousy, anger, and hatred:
- Attempted murder
- Mistreatment of a family member
- Hardened heart to Joseph’s pleas (42:21)
- Sale of brother into slavery
- Love of money more than family (hidden under Judah’s pious remark)
- Deception of father
- Allowed father to suffer years of grief
There may be other effects, but this was quite a list that definitely got our attention.
Lest anyone think that we have a perfect, sin-free home where everyone (including me) always reacts with patience, love, and understanding, well, he/she needs to live with us for a day or so!
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph 4:31-32).