Joseph’s Fate Already Decided by God*
[12:9] “Let us kill Joseph, or banish him, that you may get some attention from your father. Afterwards, you can be righteous people.”*
*12:9 We learn from Joseph’s dream that he was destined for a bright future. Thus, while his brothers met to decide his fate, his fate was already decided by God. Everything is done by God (8:17), and is already recorded (57:22).
[12:10] One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph; let us throw him into the abyss of the well. Perhaps some caravan can pick him up, if this is what you decide to do.”
[12:11] They said, “Our father, why do you not trust us with Joseph? We will take good care of him.
[12:12] “Send him with us tomorrow to run and play. We will protect him.”
[12:13] He said, “I worry lest you go away with him, then the wolf may devour him while you are not watching him.”
[12:14] They said, “Indeed, if the wolf devours him, with so many of us around, then we are really losers.”
Jealousy – is the belief that God’s provisions are lacking, that someone else has something means that there is less for us. We can either ask God for a bigger piece of the pie or for God to make a bigger pie. Since God has infinite amounts of provisions it does not need to be a zero-sum game.
[17:100] Proclaim, “If you possessed my Lord’s treasures of mercy, you would have withheld them, fearing that you might exhaust them. The human being is stingy.”
Tony Robbins: How to Understand Yourself (Tony Robbins Motivation)