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 recognised it and said, ‘It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.’
Joseph of multicoloured coat fame has been sold into slavery by his brothers out of jealousy. Through this act of deception they trick their Dad, Jacob, into believing he has been slain by wild beasts. In an act of grace, God will use this to his own ends and their good. Joseph ends up in Egypt from where he will rescue his family when famine comes to Canaan (Israel). This story reminds me of two others. In the Exodus, the Israelites smear the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their doorposts so that when the angel of death passes by (the final plague) their first born sons are not killed. The other, of course, is the story of Jesus, the executed Son. Through his blood we, the guilty ones, have been rescued just like Joseph’s brothers.
Thank you Father for giving us your Son so that we may be saved. Help us through your Spirit to respond by giving our lives in service to others.