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Genesis 37:29-35 (NIV)
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” 31 Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” 33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.
We often lie to ourselves. We tell ourselves that the consequences and implications of our actions or decisions are not that big. Joseph’s brothers wanted to get rid of a pest, their little brother, daddy’s favorite with the special coat. But their actions send their father into the pit of depression. They had to cover up their wickedness and make it look like an accident. And they had to live with the lie for the rest of their lives wondering what actually happened to their brother. Have your choices or actions caused problems for you or others? Jesus has taken those to the cross. You are forgiven and those things do not define you anymore. Joseph’s brothers will be offered this same forgiveness. We already have it in Jesus.