Re:Verse reading–Genesis 37:14-28, 50:15-21 (day seven)
“Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. v.27
Judah, the consummate businessman, saw an opportunity to take Reuben’s logic and turn it into profit. If they did not kill Joseph they could sell him, but the stated reasoning here is more than profit. Judah claims they cannot kill Joseph because he is their own flesh, and they determine to treat their brother better than murder. Being a slave is better than being dead.
The logic is twisted, but a common thread. We are often tempted to justify our actions by claiming that they less detrimental than other options on the table. Sometimes we even believe we are good or merciful for choosing a lesser evil when in reality the lesser evil is just as disobedient. God’s call on our life is not to indulge lesser evils, but refinement unto purity.