19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. Genesis 37:19-22
With friends like his family, who needs enemies? Reuben the oldest had a slightly soft heart. “Toss him into the well but don’t kill him.” Had I known this family, I would not have wanted to associate with them. They are just terrible. And we’re just getting started with this family.
But God saw things differently. Oh, I’m sure He believed many of the things they did was terrible, but he also gave them the honor of being in the direct line to David and later to the Messiah. If it wasn’t Abraham’s line, it would have been another flawed sinner’s line. We just get to see the flaws with this family because they were the chosen ones. I’m sure they had no idea that their entire lives would be under scrutiny when they lived. We only get to see glimpses of other family lines.
It brings us to an interesting question, however. If you knew your actions would be visible for the entire world to see, would you do things differently? They say that the anonymity on the internet makes people meaner than they would normally be in person. I think that’s entirely true. You can vent and fume and hide behind a computer screen. Nobody has to know who you are or what you do.
But, again, what if the world was not so private and all your actions, words, and thoughts were flashed on a super large projector screen? Would you do things differently?