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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 they 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), and they led their father Jacob to believe that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal.

    Meanwhile Joseph was 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 infatuated with young Joseph 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 her alone.

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and as time passed, she grew weary of his rejection. Finally one day when Joseph was working in the house and they were alone, she grabbed Joseph's garment and tried to drag him into her bed. Joseph nimbly slipped out of his garment and ran out of the house, leaving his garment with her! When her husband came home that afternoon, she showed him Joseph's garment and told him that Joseph had tried to rape her. Joseph was sent to prison.

    God was with Joseph in prison (Genesis 39:21). Joseph prospered there and was soon taking care of the other prisoners. One of Joseph's gifts was dream interpretation, and soon Joseph became known for interpreting dreams accurately. After some years had passed, Joseph was brought before Pharaoh to interpret dreams he had, and soon Joseph was elevated to the second-in-command of Egypt.

    When Joseph was young, he had a dream of being a ruler, but after that he went down, down, down. Joseph went from being a favorite 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. In fact, God considered him to be a 'successful man' (Genesis 39:2). 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 through the circumstance. Joseph was humbled and learned to be a responsible leader along the way. When the time came, God publicly raised up the one that He had been preparing for many years in secret.

    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. Please 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!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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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Sheri Buckner
Sheri Buckner

Only GOD knows how much I needed to read this and how much it blessed me! Thank you, Pastor Dion Todd! Thank you for being a blessing to me, and many blessings to you and your family!

Jul 11
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia.You are a blessing to Sue and I. We love you all.God Bless,Amen.

Jul 11
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Thank you Pastor Dion!! God is in control and has been with me through hard times. He has guided me. He has never left me. Amen

Jul 11
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father You are in control and I Thank You

Jul 11
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

Jul 11
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. Please 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!

Amen. Thank you Pastor Dion. May God continue to bless you and your ministry, in the name of Jesus!

Jul 11
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jul 11
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jul 11
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father as I walk on this earth You have been there for me and my family, giving us Your love and forgiveness. Be with us in every situation we encounter and lead us as You wish to be as You wants us to be, in Jesus Christ name we pray,Amen. Who will harm us if we have You. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful message, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jul 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 11
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Beautiful devotional. Oh God if not for you lifting us up and giving us hope I don't know where we'd be. Thank you dear God I am in tears. Praise God hallelujah In the name of Jesus my Lord Amen. 

Jul 11
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brownedited: Jul 11

Thank You Father for always being with me and for me, Amen!

Jul 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Jul 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen !

Jul 11
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen. 

God bless you Pastor Dion. 

Jul 15