The Backside of Betrayal…

They saw him in the distance, and before he had reached them, they plotted to kill him.  Genesis 37:18 (HCSB) 

It is a classic scenario.  A parent loves one child more than the others, the others get mad, the others want revenge, pain, and hurt place on the favorite child.  That happens today…right?  Well it may not necessarily play out just like that today, however; in our friendship betrayal exists and we often want what someone else has.  Then there are few in this world that will take it to the extreme.

Just the other day here in the Memphis area a teen was shot and killed following a local basketball game over (the rumors say) a “snapback” hat.  As the news reporters scrambled to get the best quotes, and most information we come to find out that it was the young man “friends” that point him out and started the “scuffle” for the hat.  That is right his “friends”!

See in today’s Biblical account we will witness the anger of set of brothers towards one of their own, Joseph, and their plot to kill him.  The question is why is this an important account in God’s story?  What was God’s purpose for Joseph’s life? How did Joseph’s faithfulness allow God to use him?

Then, as we seek the answers about Joseph’s life with might reveal a little light on our own problems and answers.  For example…

  • In what ways it is easy to miss God’s work in our circumstances?
  • How is God’s love for His people evident through His actions?
  • Why is it easier to see God’s hand in our lives as we look to the past?
  • Why do we desire to place blame on someone for our circumstances?
  • How does it make you feel to know that you or anyone else cannot keep God’s purposes for being accomplished?

Join the students of UABC as we gather for study this coming Sunday morning!

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