As I read Genesis 36 and 37 this morning, 37:4 caught my attention: “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father, Jacob, loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”
The Bible never sugarcoats or covers up sin. Jacob had to know of his son’s hatred toward Joseph, yet it appears he did nothing about it. If you have followed my devotions, you know Jacob would never be given the father-of-the-year award. We don’t know why he kept silent. Maybe he wanted to avoid conflict. Maybe he was too busy to be a proper father.
Whatever the reason, God used it for good. Out of the brothers’ hatred of Joseph, their salvation came through Joseph, who did not repay evil with evil but with good. Through Joseph, a foreshadowing of Jesus, the brothers became the 12 tribes of Israel. Praise God that he does not repay our sins with condemnation but with unlimited forgiveness. All of this is because of Jesus’ death on that cross.