Sunday, June 06, 2010

Story Time: Joseph, Part 4- Out of the Pit

It's been awhile since I've visited Joseph.  When we last left him (back in February) he was in the pit his brothers had thrown him into.  If you want a refresher on any part of the story, you can check out part 1, part 2, or part 3

Part 4
Joseph sat at the bottom of the pit.  How could this have happened to him?  How could his brothers have been so cruel?  What was going to happen to him next?  So many questions, so few answers.
He listened hard to what was going on above him.  He could hear his brothers starting to settle down and eat.  His stomach growled. 
"Hey guys!  Can I have some food?"  no reply from his brothers.  "Please?  I'm hungry..."  still no reply.  It was as if he wasn't there.  Had they already forgotten about him?
Suddenly the sounds above him changed.  What was going on?  He wished he could see or at least hear well enough to know what was happening...
Suddenly a rope was lowered into the pit.  He grabbed on to it and soon he was being pulled up.  He breathed a sigh of relief.  His brothers had come to their sense and were going to let him have some food and life was going to go on, with them hating him as usual and him being his father's favorite.  His head cleared the top of the cistern and his heart stopped.  There were more people there than just his brothers.  There was a whole caravan of people there.  Midianites by the looks of them.  Why were his brother's pulling him up with them there?  Surely they weren't going to...
He was out of the cistern now and his brothers were tying him up.  The Midianites were pointing and talking rapidly amongst themselves.  They seemed pleased.  This wasn't happening, this couldn't be happening.  Surely his brothers weren't selling him to the Midianites.  Not his own brothers!
Before he could process what was happening to him, he was tied behind a camel and walking away from his brothers.  The sun was hot and shone down on him without mercy.  What was going to happen to him?  Where were the Midianites taking him? How could his brothers do this to him?  What about his dreams?  What about them bowing down to him?

That's all for tonight.  Theoretically, now that I'm home I can write more regularly about Joseph...of course this is just a theory and might not be incredibly reliable, but we'll pick up with Joseph again next time.

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