Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
It's amazing, isn't it? A story from Genesis 34 that was written over 3,500 years ago can be so relevant today. Have you ever been jealous? Have you ever acted out in anger? Have you ever told a lie to cover up for your misdeeds? This story involves God's blessings, a father's love, resentful brothers, diabolical plans, and overwhelming grief. All in seven verses.
Joseph was Jacob's precious son, born in his old age, the 11th of 12 children. The twelve brothers would eventually become the twelve tribes of Israel. God spoke to Joseph through dreams. His father Jacob gave Joseph the gift of a multi-color robe, and his brothers grew jealous and resentful. They threw him in a pit and then sold him to merchants. Unbeknownst to the brothers, the merchants took Joseph away to Egypt. The brothers covered the unique coat of many colors with blood and convinced their father wild animals killed him.
Where do you see stories today that reflect the story of Jacob's family? Jealousy can be a powerful force for destruction. So can deceitfulness. Could the brothers have known the depth of grief their lies would cause in the heart of their father? Could they ever have imagined the course their little brother's life would take?
Today in prayer, consider the burden you might be carrying from trying to cover up for something you knew was wrong. Ask God for forgiveness and make amends.