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Where was Joseph when Jesus died?

Joseph’s brothers try to oppose God’s plans

‘They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”’ (Genesis 37:19-20)

Joseph’s dreams had made his brothers so angry that they wanted to kill him — not just to stop their father’s favoritism, but also to stop Joseph from telling those dreams and feeling superior to his family. And furthermore, they wanted to make absolutely sure that those strange dreams of Joseph would never come true. Not that they did really believe them, but they’d better be sure!

A similar story is recorded in the book of Samuel, where king Saul is so jealous of a young soldier called David that he tries to kill him. Saul feels threatened, he knows that God has departed from him and fears that David will become king instead. That should not happen! So, although Saul knows perfectly well that David has done nothing wrong, he plots to have him murdered.

These stories show how people’s hatred and jealousy can make them do horrible things. “Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” (Proverbs 27:4).

Let these stories be a warning for us not to let our hearts be poisoned with jealousy and selfish ambition! They will lead us away from God, and lead to our downfall.

Do you ever struggle with jealousy yourself? How do you handle that?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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