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Twenty Pieces of Silver

  • Judah said to his brothers, 'What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, and let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh.' His brothers listened to him. Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. They brought Joseph into Egypt. Genesis 37:26 WEB

    Very few of us had brothers as bad as Joseph. They became so jealous of him, his dreams, and his coat of many colors, that one day when he came upon them alone, they decided to kill him. 'Come now therefore, and let's kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, 'An evil animal has devoured him.' We will see what will become of his dreams' (Genesis 37:20). With family like that, you sure don't need enemies.

    Reuben, the eldest brother, wanted to rescue Joseph. At first, they compromised by throwing Joseph into a cistern, and then they sat down and ate lunch. While the brothers ate their meal, Joseph was scared and alone in a hole in the ground, then a group of traders came by heading for Egypt. When Judah saw them, he had an epiphany and said 'Hey let's sell him! We will make nothing by killing him. After all, he is our own brother.'

    So they sold Joseph as a slave for twenty pieces of silver. Then dipped his coat of many colors in goat blood and brought it to his father, who had once used a goat to deceive his own father (Genesis 27:16). They asked him 'Is this your son's coat?' They did not even use his name, or call him their brother (Genesis 37:32).

    Joseph was then carried to Egypt by the traders and sold to Potiphar, the captain of the guard. God was with Joseph, he prospered, and soon he was in charge of Potiphar's entire household.

    Potiphar's wife became attracted to Joseph physically and tried to seduce him day after day, but he refused. Joseph basically told her 'There is only one thing in this house that I cannot have, and that is you.' Unlike Eve, Joseph did not see the one forbidden fruit as a point of frustration, and he left it alone.

    As time passed, she grew weary of his rejection. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She tried everything, but when Joseph would not give in and sleep with her, she finally accused him of trying to rape her, and he was thrown into prison.

    God was with Joseph in prison (Genesis 39:21). Joseph prospered there and was soon taking care of the other prisoners. After some years passed, he was brought before Pharaoh and elevated to the second-in-command of Egypt.

    Joseph had a dream, but after that he went down, down, down. Joseph went from a special son, to a pit, from the pit to a slave, from a slave to a servant of prisoners, and then he was elevated to be ruler of Egypt. What a road to follow. Joseph was on the road to heaven, but it sometimes looked like hell.

    If you would have seen Joseph trapped in a cistern, or as a slave, or as a prisoner, you would not have called him blessed, but yet he was. Joseph would have appeared to have been forsaken by God, but He was with Joseph as a young man, in the cistern, while a slave, while a prisoner, and later while a leader.

    Your circumstances do not separate you from God, for He is there to help you in the circumstance. Joseph was humbled and learned to be a responsible leader along the way. When the time came, God raised up the one that He had been preparing for many years.

    Though your life may have taken a turn for the worse, it will actually work out for the better. Because you feel abandoned in a cistern, does not mean that He is not with you, or that you are not on the right path. Be patient while God works out the details. Stay sweet, stay loving, and be the greatest servant they ever met. Elevation time is coming.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. Help me see this situation through Your eyes and keep the big picture in mind. This will not beat me for I know that You have plans for me. I will not die, but live and declare the goodness of God in the land of the living. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer" (Psalm 17:6) If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. Help me see this situation through Your eyes and keep the big picture in mind. This will not beat me for I know that You have plans for me. I will not die, but live and declare the goodness of God in the land of the living. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you

Oct 26
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

 Amen

Oct 26
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Oct 26
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu


Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. Help me see this situation through Your eyes and keep the big picture in mind. This will not beat me for I know that You have plans for me. I will not die, but live and declare the goodness of God in the land of the living. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Lord hear my prayers,  Thank you.

Oct 26
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Oct 26
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

The word of the Lord is alive and active. Thank you Lord for your word!! Thank you for Pastor Dion and Sylvia, who bring us your inspirational word every day! 

Oct 26
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Oct 26
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lord!

Oct 26
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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia

The Living Word of God always come on time to my life to strength me, as today Word God sent from your hand pastor Dion. Thanks God for your life, your ministy, your wife and family, Bless you

Oct 26
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thanks for this wonderful devotional.Bless Paster Todd and Sylvia.God loves you all and so do we. Amen 

Oct 26
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I do understand this one!

Oct 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Oct 26
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

I often wonder what would happen if Joseph remained in his father's protection and being treated with favoritism and didn't go through all that troubles including time in jail. I am pretty sure Joseph's vision would not come true. So, all of his troubles and hardships must be part of God's plan. That gives me comfort knowing in the midst of our troubles, God is always with us and having a plan to prosper us and not to destroy us.

Oct 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen Albert.

Oct 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Thank You Father for bringing me this far.

Oct 26
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God Amen. 

Oct 26
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Julia Forrester
Julia Forresteredited: Oct 26

Wow that’s hats encouraging if I don’t find a job soon and the rent doesn’t get paid I will be thinking about Joseph and all his hardships paying off ...thank you

Oct 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, I know You are leading me to the path You as  my Lord want me to go thru. Keep leading me where You want me to go,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Oct 26
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Thank you !

Oct 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 26
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Tom Cartmell
Tom Cartmell

Thank you so very much for the devotional today Pastor Dion. I really needed that

Oct 26
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Praise the Lord!  Thank you Pastor Dion, I needed to hear this especially right now, I receive and accept this word from the Lord and your admonition to stay strong! 

Oct 26
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Shara Abel
Shara Abeledited: Oct 27

Thank you for reminding me of God's promises and that He is always with me! So often I can look back and see how God was working things out and it turned out better than I could have imagined!

Oct 27
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!!!!

 

Nov 5