26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
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?” Genesis 37:26-29
Before closing out this chapter, we need to talk a little bit about trust. Up to this point in the story, none of Jacob’s sons could be trust, with the possible exception of Joseph. When they had sold Joseph to the Midianites, they didn’t let Reuben know about it. He panicked when he found out Joseph was no longer in the cistern. Even when he explained to his brothers the dilemma he found himself in, there’s no indication that they told him the truth, so the perpetuated the lie with another lie, this time about Joseph’s ornate robe.
The sheer number of deceitful acts Jacob’s family has committed – and these are only those we know about – is stunning. Just imagine what was never revealed about the family. It’s obvious that family trust was tossed out the window long ago. They didn’t trust each other. They didn’t trust their father. Their father didn’t trust them.
On the other hand, not many families air out their “dirty laundry” for generations to read.
As mentioned before, we all have family characters from our past that were not pleasant to be around nor did they set any morality standards. In fact, they might have lowered them. For some, though, these individuals are not in the distant past but are in the present. You know about them and you really hope all your friends don’t ever find out about them.
Fortunately, though, you are not responsible for your relatives, no matter how reckless or bad they are. You are responsible for you and your actions. You can of course pray for these relatives that God would get a hold of them and draw them unto Himself. You probably won’t trust them still, but you can pray.