‘Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.”’ (Genesis 37:31-32)
After the brothers have sold Joseph, they come up with a very mean trick: they make father Jacob think that his beloved son has been torn to pieces by some wild animal. Afterwards they try to comfort him when he mourns and weeps… What disgusting hypocrisy to cover up their own guilt!
Their lie breaks Jacob’s heart, and he will spend years mourning before he finds out the truth. But this lie will also continue to haunt the brothers. Their consciences can’t find rest. About twenty years later, when they go to Egypt to buy food and face trouble there, they conclude: “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” And Reuben answered them, “[…] Now there comes a reckoning for his blood” (Genesis 42:21-22).
If we don’t confess our sins, they can’t be forgiven. They will keep haunting us, and especially if we keep our sins secret from our loved ones, life will become almost unbearable.
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