Daily Dose, Nov. 27

  Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.’ And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes. He returned to his brothers, and said, ‘The boy is gone; and I, where can I turn?’ Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. They had the long robe with sleeves taken to their father, and they said, ‘This we have found; see now whether it is your son’s robe or not.’ He recognized it, and said, ‘It is my son’s robe! A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.’ Then Jacob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son for many days. All his sons and all his daughters sought to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, ‘No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.’ Thus his father bewailed him. Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. (Genesis 37:25-36) Joseph found himself in the bottom of a dry well left for dead by his vengeful brothers. Your guess is as good as mine what might have been going through his mind. Wishing he had never seen that coat of many colors, regretting that he ever said a word about his dreams, wondering what his daddy Jacob would do when he heard the news of his demise. A glimmer of hope shined in the darkness when Judah spoke up and cut a deal in the nick of time. Now he is on the way to a life of slavery and hard labor in Egypt. So, the story of Joseph begins. Will he live or die? I’m positive that he never once thought of power and prosperity. But, this is not just Joseph’s story. This is God’s promise keeping, turn the world upside down and save all the Hebrew children story. Keep your eye on God if you really want to understand both Joseph and the Bible. God is always the main character and we all can live with hope when we see that no one can handcuff the Almighty. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don