Genesis 37: 23-24 New Living Translation
Then just as they were sitting down to eat, they noticed a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ismaelites traders taking spices, balm, and myrrh from Gilead to Egypt. Judah said to the others, “What can we gain by killing our brother? That would just give us a guilty conscience. Let’s sell Joseph to those Ishmaelites traders. Let’s not be responsible for his death, after all he is our brother. And his brothers agreed. So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ishmaelite traders took him along to Egypt.
Genesis 37: 25-38 New Living Translation
Genesis 45: 4-8 International Version Translation
I believe the weekend was meant to be a trial placement. Mom and Dad had no intentions of giving us back.
He forgave his own executioners. Who am I not to forgive the molesters, the rapist, and the emotionally dependent woman who cared more about the so-called love of a man than she did about the welfare of her own flesh and blood? Thanks to the Internet, I came in contact with two uncles I was supposed to believe were dead. I found the email for one online and he later informed me of an ad in the paper placed by an uncle on the other side of my bloodline. I learned that my biological father had served his prison time and was released. As a registered sex offender, his address was easy to get. It took many years to write the letter but I did, finally. I told my uncle what I had done. He waited a few days to be sure the letter was received and called his brother. He shared the news of the letter but said he couldn’t accept forgiveness because, in his mind, it would make it okay to offend again. This was the counseling he received in prison. Obviously, it was not Biblical. Everyone deserves the forgiveness of Christ.
I am now a mother to two gorgeous children. The oldest is 6. I can’t imagine her knowing what I knew at the same age.