Who Does Such Things?!


         Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. Genesis 37:26-27

         Older brothers sell their younger brother into slavery for money. The thought is repelling. I’m naïve to believe that only ancient cultures are this brutal.

         Several years ago, when a poor family in Cambodia accepted money from loan sharks, they believed they had only one way to pay what was demanded. They took their 12-year-old daughter, Kieu, to a local hospital. Doctors issued her a ‘certificate of virginity’. Her parents then delivered her to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days. Kieu fled her home many years later to find a safe house.

         “That’s in Cambodia!” many say. Consider Atlanta. Atlanta’s illegal sex trade has grown to 290 million dollars. Some of these children were kidnapped but some were sold to sex traffickers by family members.

         How hard does a heart have to be a sell a child? This kind of hardheartedness is not the momentary kind. The conscience of a family member who does such a thing died a slow death years ago. Child victims like Joseph all say the same thing. The worst pain is not the pain inflicted by strangers. It is the searing agony they experience because their family betrayed them.

         For over two decades, Joseph will have to try to process his brothers’ cruelty. They turned him over to strangers who carted him away as a slave. Never could he have conceived such a plot as he played on the plains of Hebron by day and slept under his father’s favor by night.

         Many will live and die and never experience such betrayal. But for those who do, pursuing God will have rewards the likes most in the church will never experience. To the degree any of us have been hurt, God gives the same capacity to know Him and experience Him. This is redemption. He is the Redeemer.

Man does the unthinkable and I shudder. You did the unthinkable by sending Your Son to die. I tremble in awe. You are my treasure of the darkness. Amen

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  1. Who does such things? Man without God does. I could do such things if I was not walking with him. I guess the shocking issue for me is that it so close to home. I’d love to stay in my self-created Hallmark life but it is just a creation, not a reality. To read that the ones we should treasure most, our children, are sold into such sickness? Well, evil is here, it is here to stay. I must remember that I need to walk in reality and face the facts of how far the evil one has come. Praying for those precious young girls.

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