From Lynda Lindsey
They saw him (Joseph) from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. Genesis 37:18
“Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” Genesis 37:27
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray Him. Mark 14:10-11
Was Joseph an overbold seventeen year old, sharing too much information too soon, when he related his dream to his brothers? Or was Joseph simply being forthright? The brothers, already jealous, hated Joseph even more once they learned about his dreams and they were yet more resentful after Joseph gave a bad conduct report to their father. Joseph, the second youngest, was the favored brother who received preferential treatment usually reserved for the firstborn. The brothers conspired together devising a plot to kill Joseph, but then amended the plan and sold him into slavery.
The spiritual leaders in Jesus’ day sought to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill Him. Gladdened when Judas came to them to betray Jesus, the leaders promised money to Judas for his treachery; Judas then sought an opportunity to hand over Jesus. Joseph and Jesus, both betrayed, both sold for money. Joseph was tossed in a pit before being lifted out and sold into slavery. Jesus was seized and led away, prior to being lifted high on a cross to redeem sinners from slavery. Joseph eventually ruled over all of Egypt; Jesus is eternal ruler over all. Joseph offered life-giving grain, saving people from famine. Jesus, the bread of life, offers eternal life, saving us from spiritual famine and death.
Joseph and Jesus, both part of God’s redemption story. Both betrayed. But betrayal is not the end. Nothing is over until it is over. Nothing is finished until the final act. Seek not evil nor opportunities for betrayal. Instead, seek the One who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood. Seek Jesus at every opportunity, for He who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega, is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him in all His splendor and glory. The Lamb, betrayed and once slain, now living, alive forevermore, came to seek and to save the lost. Won’t you respond?