Joseph’s brothers must have hated him with their whole hearts. They imprisoned him, sold him off as a slave, and concocted this story to cover their tracks.
They took Joseph’s coat, butchered a goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. They took the fancy coat back to their father and said, “We found this. Look it over—do you think this is your son’s coat?” (Genesis 37:31-32, MSG)
They didn’t really lie; they simply left everything up to their father’s fertile imagination. It worked because Jacob had a long history of always expecting and fearing the worst.
Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.” (Genesis 34:30)
Will you trust God, no matter what news you get today?
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28, AMP)
Prayer-Lord, don’t let our imaginations run away with us. Amen.