Most of us know the story of Joseph and his brothers, who were so jealous of him that they one day took hold of him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. Why did they do it? Only because their father, Israel, loved him so much.
When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
They had weighed him down with fetters,
and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
and the word of the LORD proved him true.
The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions.
Why did the pharisees plot against their brother, Jesus? Because he rejected their assumption that because of their adherence to the law the Lord loved them best among all men. They refused to accept that Jesus was the Messiah and that it is only through faith in the Son of God that we can know and feel the fullness of God’s love for us.
Are we sometimes jealous of our brothers and sisters in faith? We shouldn’t be. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is Lord is equal in the eyes of our Father in heaven.
Rejoice in sharing the great gift of faith in Christ Jesus!