February 13, 2022 | Mike Avato
Passage: Genesis 37:12-36
The plot thickens to include a heartless betrayal and intent to murder. Joseph's brothers sell him to a passing caravan of Ishmaelites. He is not killed but the brothers report that he was killed (Jacob assumes) by a wild animal. They deceive their father Jacob showing him the blood of a goat on Joseph's coat reminding us of Jacob's deception of his father Isaac by wearing goat skins.
All of this points to the greater Son, Jesus, who was indeed betrayed and murdered by his brothers, the Israelites, sons of Jacob. The blood offered as proof was not that of a goat, but his very own blood. Yet the good news is that he did not remain dead. Romans 4:25 says this about Jesus, "who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification."
Christ was crucified for our sins and raised from the dead for our justification. All those who trust in Christ's life and death are raised with him to new life.