Pastor Tim Romero
Genesis 37:21–24 (ESV): "21 But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life." 22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him"—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it."
God displays His plan of redemption in the Old Testament through typologies. Joseph is a picture of Jesus. He is despised and rejected by his own just like Jesus. As the story unfolds we will see the purpose. God will save not only those in Israel through Joseph but also those in Egypt, which is a type of the world.
Joseph was asked by his Jacob to go check up on his brothers who were Shechem, a wicked and debaucherous city, tending his sheep. Notice, the father, sent his son Joseph, not someone he cares little about but his son into a dark and dangerous place because he knew his son would be a light to them. When his brothers saw him coming they decided to kill him, much like when the rulers of Israel saw Jesus coming they decided to kill Him. However, Rueben, the eldest said "we cannot do this evil, let us not kill him, rather let's put him in a pit" as a means of satisfying the blood thirsty mob, just as Pilate did with Jesus. Then Judah, seeing a band of Midianites not far off said, "hey, let's sell Jospeh to them for some silver", just like Judas did, betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. When Reuben returned and saw Jospeh was no longer in the pit he tore his clothes in great displeasure much like Pilate did when he washed his hands before the angry crowd proclaiming his innocents in the shedding of the blood of Christ.
Why did it all go down this way? Because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son! God's love put Joseph in Egypt so he could save them from the coming doom of famine just like He did in sending Jesus to be crucified on the cross. The moral of the story is simple, God puts us where we need to be to fulfill His plan. If you're in the wilderness currently look around maybe an Ethiopian Eunuch needs to hear the Gospel. Wherever you find yourself know that God has a purpose for it. Stop sulking and start seeking Him as to what He might be trying to accomplish in and through you.
Father we thank You for the glorious pictures we see throughout Your Word that display Your amazing love and sovereign power. Help us to not miss what You are trying to do through us. May our hearts be knitted together with Yours and may we walk faithfully wherever you have us we pray in Jesus name, amen!