Leaving the door unlocked leaves you open to being vulnerable!

The devil purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. He doesn’t break in, but rather he jiggles the door to see what area of your life you have left open for him to get in through. He is looking for vulnerabilities in your life.

Today’s Word from Proverbs 4:20-27

These words were so important that Solomon wrote them down for future generations to remember. These words were so important that they even ended up in the Bible. Take a hold of these words and don’t lose track of their importance in your daily life!

20My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.
21Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
22for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
23Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
24Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.
25Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.
27Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

The 3 keys from today’s Word:

  1. The WHAT comes from v23: Guard your heart! – decides the course of your life. Your heart is the driving factor of your attitude, your actions, your words, it will impact the course of your life. The devil will try to get into your heart so that he will be able to infiltrate the rest of your life. Lock the door to your heart!
  2. The HOW comes from v24: Words have power! – We need to be intentional in speaking life. What is the unlocked door for you? Some may try to use honesty and openness as an excuse for being destructive, however, the reality is we need to be open and honest without trying to destroy the other person! This counts to self talk too. We can be our worst critic so we need to do a word check there too. Speak truth and life to yourself! Don fall for the lies of the devil. Lock the door of your lips!
  3. More of the what to do comes from v25: Don’t compare yourself to others! Don’t covet! (Deuteronomy 5:21 puts it this way: “You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” Proverbs even speaks to the how to avoid this pitfall by keeping your eyes on the road ahead. Appreciate what we have! Comparison never leads to anything positive – it either leads us to a point where we think we are better and pride gets introduce or we feel defeated by they are better than us. Both cases are BAD! Don’t play the comparison game! Don’t miss out the victories God provides because you are comparing yourself to others. It could have been your best day ever but because you are comparing it to someone else’s you lost whereas you could have been celebrating because it is a new record in your life! If you want to measure yourself, do it against the Word of God and use God’s measuring stick, God’s Standards!
  4. More of the HOW comes from v26-27: Deal with the problems before they become problems. Be intentional! See the path! Deal with the situation or the issue before it becomes a situation or issue! Be open, honest, and vulnerable in areas where you struggle! To be successful -> be open on struggles -> put up safeguards to keep you from failing! Remember the pain of discipline is always better than the pain of regret!

— my notes from @pastorjoshj’s preaching today


Don’t ask to make it easier, ask to be made stronger!

When it hurts too much try cry, lean on Jesus and He will comfort you.

God’s not somewhere out there, He is a personal God who desires to have an intimate relationship with you. Take time today to hear from God’s heart. He loves you and desires the best for You. God’s got a plan…

In Jeremiah – through the Old Testament we read:

11I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. 12Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. 13 You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 14Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the Lord, have spoken.’

— Jeremiah 29:11-14

So don’t give up and don’t give in! Seek God and build up your relationship with Him!

Some may think that God wants to judge and condemn us, but that is shown to be wrong when He sent Jesus. In the end we will be judged, however, before that we are given freewill to choose who we will follow and how we will live. The New Testament speaks to it this way:

14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

18Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son. 19This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. 20Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. 21But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
— John 3:14-21

So today, not matter what you are facing, don’t turn in fear, don’t run away. Put on the full armor of God and stand firm. Ask God to make you stronger. Ask God to fill you up with the Holy Spirit that you may have wisdom and courage to take on the lies and the attacks of the enemy.

10Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. 19And pray also for me, that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak, so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospel’s secret. 20For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.
— Ephesians 6:10-20 (GNT)

God brought you to it, He can and will get you through it!

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming

1There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. 2For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. 3When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. 4But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. 5All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, we should not be sleeping like the others; we should be awake and sober. 7It is at night when people sleep; it is at night when they get drunk. 8But we belong to the day, and we should be sober. We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. 9God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. 11And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. 13Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
14We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people.
16Be joyful always, 17pray at all times, 18be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
19Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; 20do not despise inspired messages. 21Put all things to the test: keep what is good 22and avoid every kind of evil.
23May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.
25Pray also for us, friends.
26Greet all the believers with the kiss of peace.
27I urge you by the authority of the Lord to read this letter to all the believers.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
— 1 Thessalonians 5

So this is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not give up nor turn away, but let’s hold onto the hand of God and press forward for He will get us through it! Let’s complete the work that God is calling us to that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

When people look at you what type of fruit do they see you producing?

If they look at you and you are producing bad fruit, what does that say to them? what does that say about you?

A you for real or are you a fake? Are you real or an imitator? Are you real or pretender? What’s your heart? What’s your intent? If we look past the outside, what’s on the inside? Do your actions match your words? Are you developing healthy things or poor things? Is your life producing good fruit or bad fruit? As this morning’s reading says:

A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit. And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do.

— from Matthew 7:15-20(GNT)

So what are you doing?!

Are you known? Are you someone with a real relationship or just someone that knows about them? If you walk up to a person will they know you? Have you had a relationship with them? Do you know them or only know about them? Are you involved or committed? In workplaces where they talk about agile or scrum, they talk about people as chickens and pigs and the other day talking with a friend they misspoke and said a cow. It was during that conversation that I realized in the paradigm that actually made more sense as to who or how my role in the agile methodology worked. A cow is involved – providing milk. A cow is also committed because they provide beef. Considering chickens, that could also be true if people considered layers for food beyond the eggs. (On Phil’s Farm, we don’t eat the animals, so it wouldn’t count for me) Involved vs. Committed sent me on a tangent, but the real question is are you known? Would they say they know you? Would they say they don’t know you. It’s a big difference and can have a significant impact on the outcome.

Do you know Jesus? Do you know about Jesus? Does Jesus know you? Today’s reading brings this topic to the forefront as it is important to know, to know the difference, and to know the outcome based on the difference.

“Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’ Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!’

— from Matthew 7:21-23 (GNT)

It can all be combined to the consideration of what are we building? How are we building? Where are we building? If we are building what God wants, He will help. If we try to build up our own things, we are on our own and labor in vein. Are you building your life on something solid like a rock or soft and movable like sand? Are you building your life out of things that will last or things that will fade away? Are you focused on the short term or the long term? Today’s reading puts it this way:

“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock.

“But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”
— from Matthew 7:24-27 (GNT)

Don’t waste your time and energy on things that won’t stand the test of time. Don’t waste your efforts on things that will get thrown away. Build your life and the things you invest in out of things that matter our of material that will last. Build your life upon a firm foundation that will stand and allow you to weather the storms of life. We don’t want it to be built out of hay and stubble that will burn up, but out of things that will last forever.

Jesus is the Key!

When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. He wasn’t like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority.

— from Matthew 7:28-29 (GNT)

So let’s walk under the authority of Jesus!

I share because I case about you and want you to know the truth, the truth that will set you free and set you up in eternity!

God provided a way so that everyone would be able to come to Him. God through Jesus Christ opened that door. He opened the door that the message of Jesus would be able to shared beyond the Jewish people and to the ends of the earth. We hear Peter explaining this in today’s reading…

24The following day he arrived in Caesarea, where Cornelius was waiting for him, together with relatives and close friends that he had invited. 25As Peter was about to go in, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and bowed down before him. 26But Peter made him rise. “Stand up,” he said, “I myself am only a man.” 27Peter kept on talking to Cornelius as he went into the house, where he found many people gathered. 28He said to them, “You yourselves know very well that a Jew is not allowed by his religion to visit or associate with Gentiles. But God has shown me that I must not consider any person ritually unclean or defiled. 29And so when you sent for me, I came without any objection. I ask you, then, why did you send for me?”

30Cornelius said, “It was about this time three days ago that I was praying in my house at three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly a man dressed in shining clothes stood in front of me 31and said: ‘Cornelius! God has heard your prayer and has taken notice of your works of charity. 32Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner of leather, who lives by the sea.’ 33And so I sent for you at once, and you have been good enough to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God, waiting to hear anything that the Lord has instructed you to say.”

Peter’s Speech

34 Peter began to speak: “I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis. 35Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know of the great event that took place throughout the land of Israel, beginning in Galilee after John preached his message of baptism. 38You know about Jesus of Nazareth and how God poured out on him the Holy Spirit and power. He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses of everything that he did in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Then they put him to death by nailing him to a cross. 40But God raised him from death three days later and caused him to appear, 41not to everyone, but only to the witnesses that God had already chosen, that is, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from death. 42And he commanded us to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets spoke about him, saying that all who believe in him will have their sins forgiven through the power of his name.”

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening to his message. 45The Jewish believers who had come from Joppa with Peter were amazed that God had poured out his gift of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles also. 46For they heard them speaking in strange tongues and praising God’s greatness. Peter spoke up: 47“These people have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also did. Can anyone, then, stop them from being baptized with water?” 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay with them for a few days.
— from Acts 10:24-48 (GNT)

We have all been given the opportunity to receive Jesus and to receive the Holy Spirit. It’s a matter of choosing who you will follow. Choosing what your final destiny will be. And then walking it out…

Victory comes from the Lord! He is our victory because the battle belongs to the Lord! He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

1How I love you, Lord!

You are my defender.
2The Lord is my protector;
he is my strong fortress.
My God is my protection,
and with him I am safe.
He protects me like a shield;
he defends me and keeps me safe.
3I call to the Lord,
and he saves me from my enemies.
Praise the Lord!
4The danger of death was all around me;
the waves of destruction rolled over me.
5The danger of death was around me,
and the grave set its trap for me.
6In my trouble I called to the Lord;
I called to my God for help.
In his temple he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help.
7Then the earth trembled and shook;
the foundations of the mountains rocked and quivered,
because God was angry.
8Smoke poured out of his nostrils,
a consuming flame and burning coals from his mouth.
9He tore the sky open and came down
with a dark cloud under his feet.
10He flew swiftly on his winged creature;#

18.10: winged creature: See Word List.
he traveled on the wings of the wind.
11He covered himself with darkness;
thick clouds, full of water, surrounded him.
12Hailstones and flashes of fire
came from the lightning before him
and broke through the dark clouds.
13Then the Lord thundered from the sky;
and the voice of the Most High was heard.
14He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;
with flashes of lightning he sent them running.
15The floor of the ocean was laid bare,
and the foundations of the earth were uncovered,
when you rebuked your enemies, Lord,
and roared at them in anger.
16The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me;
he pulled me out of the deep waters.
17He rescued me from my powerful enemies
and from all those who hate me—
they were too strong for me.
18When I was in trouble, they attacked me,
but the Lord protected me.
19He helped me out of danger;
he saved me because he was pleased with me.
20The Lord rewards me because I do what is right;
he blesses me because I am innocent.
21I have obeyed the law of the Lord;
I have not turned away from my God.
22I have observed all his laws;
I have not disobeyed his commands.
23He knows that I am faultless,
that I have kept myself from doing wrong.
24And so he rewards me because I do what is right,
because he knows that I am innocent.
— from Psalm 18 (GNT)

Don’t give up! Don’t give in! You are not forgotten, God knows your name!

How much is your time worth? Time is everything. Timing is everything.

How much is your time worth? It could save someone’s life if you will take the time to listen and to speak love into their lives. There are too many people out there suffering, depressed, and wanting to give up. Let’s be the light of the world to help them get through and see through the darkness. Point them to the true hope that is within us. Be aware of what’s going on around you and be willing to take and make the time so that you can make a difference!

We need to be living a life that isn’t so inward focused that we miss the rest of the world.

We need to be living a life that isn’t selfish and causes us to miss out on the impact we can have on the lives of others.

We need to be living a lift that shows we care.

We need to be living a life that will make a difference beyond the here and now.

Time… Some say time is money. How much is your time worth? Is it worth enough that it could transform or save someone else’s life? Is it worth enough that it could help someone up from where they have fallen? Is it worth enough to give a bit of water to someone who is feeling all dried up?

Time… How are you going to spend yours today? Will you waste it on things that have no or low value? Will you spend it on something that will make a difference?

Time management is really about time decisions. Will you invest your time in others so that you will get to see a great return on that investment? Or will you waste it and wonder where the time has gone?

Today is just the beginning, what will you do with the rest of your time today?


Don’t judge…Just LOVE!

If you judge others, God will use your measuring stick of judgment to measure you. He will use the rules you use to measure others in considering how you measure up. Let’s not be hypocritical but rather let’s work on getting ourselves fixed rather than pointing out flaws in others. Not sure what to do or say? Not sure how to love? Turn to God then and He will grant you the wisdom to know what to do. Ask… Seek… Knock…

Ask God, For everyone who asks will receive.

Seek God, for anyone who seeks will find.

Keep Knocking on the doors, for the door will be opened to those who knock.

God is a great gift giver because God is LOVE! Since we think we know how to give great gifts, imagine how much greater God is and God’s gifts will be.

So today, let’s Do for others what you want them to do for you!

It’s not the easy road. It’s not the big road. It’s not the giant gate. But with God all things are possible. Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Today’s Reading:

  • Matthew 7:1-14
  • Acts 10:1-23
  • Psalm 17
  • Genesis 37
  • Genesis 38

God’s authority is over everything. He gives the command and it happens. “Let there be…” is a good example of this and it is how it all began. As part of my morning routine there was a video that talked about God’s creation and comparing to the theory of evolution. The reason that it’s a theory since nobody has observed it. The reason it’s a theory since it goes against the laws of thermodynamics which says order can’t come out of chaos. (Learn more? check it out: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152481739639669)

Do you realize the authority God has and what He is able to do in and through our lives? Do you realize the divine appointments He wants to have in and through you? Do you realize that He may choose to use you in ways that you could never even ask for or imagine? Let’s be obedient to God’s will. Let’s not make up our own rules or reasons, but let’s walk in alignment with God’s plan and will for our lives. If He sends you, then Go! If He calls you, then Go! If He calms you and tells you stay, the Stay! If He tells you to move, then Move! You may be just what someone needs today to turn their lives around, to take a low and start heading up, to be encouraged, to know they are loved!

So let’s be in prayer for those around us. Let’s pray for the innocent hearts that are being attacked and persecuted. Let’s turn to God this morning and pray:

1Listen, O Lord, to my plea for justice;

pay attention to my cry for help!
Listen to my honest prayer.
2You will judge in my favor,
because you know what is right.
3You know my heart.
You have come to me at night;
you have examined me completely
and found no evil desire in me.
I speak no evil, 4as others do;
I have obeyed your command
and have not followed paths of violence.
5I have always walked in your way
and have never strayed from it.
6I pray to you, O God, because you answer me;
so turn to me and listen to my words.
7Reveal your wonderful love and save me;
at your side I am safe from my enemies.
 8Protect me as you would your very eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9from the attacks of the wicked.
 Deadly enemies surround me;
10they have no pity and speak proudly.
11They are around me now, wherever I turn,
watching for a chance to pull me down.
12They are like lions, waiting for me,
wanting to tear me to pieces.
 13Come, Lord! Oppose my enemies and defeat them!
Save me from the wicked by your sword;
14save me from those who in this life have all they want.
Punish them with the sufferings you have stored up for them;
may there be enough for their children
and some left over for their children’s children!
15But I will see you, because I have done no wrong;
and when I awake, your presence will fill me with joy.
— from Psalm 17

Under the cover of the blood of Jesus which provides forgiveness of sins, let’s turn to God who is our Lord and Savior and allow His perfect will to be directing our path!

Do you have a dream? Don’t let the comments or attacks of others squash what God has provided you. Hold onto it in the good and the tough times. God’s plans will use all things for good. In the case of Joseph, it saved a nation because he never gave up.

Joseph and His Brothers

1Jacob continued to live in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived, 2and this is the story of Jacob’s family.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, took care of the sheep and goats with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s concubines. He brought bad reports to his father about what his brothers were doing.
3Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he had been born to him when he was old. He made a long robe with full sleeves for him. 4When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother so much that they would not speak to him in a friendly manner.
5One time Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him even more. 6He said, “Listen to the dream I had. 7We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat, when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it.”
8“Do you think you are going to be a king and rule over us?” his brothers asked. So they hated him even more because of his dreams and because of what he said about them.
9Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers, “I had another dream, in which I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.”
10He also told the dream to his father, and his father scolded him: “What kind of a dream is that? Do you think that your mother, your brothers, and I are going to come and bow down to you?” 11 Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept thinking about the whole matter.

Joseph Is Sold and Taken to Egypt

12One day when Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to take care of their father’s flock, 13Jacob said to Joseph, “I want you to go to Shechem, where your brothers are taking care of the flock.”
Joseph answered, “I am ready.”
14His father told him, “Go and see if your brothers are safe and if the flock is all right; then come back and tell me.” So his father sent him on his way from Hebron Valley.
Joseph arrived at Shechem 15and was wandering around in the country when a man saw him and asked him, “What are you looking for?”
16“I am looking for my brothers, who are taking care of their flock,” he answered. “Can you tell me where they are?”
17The man said, “They have already left. I heard them say that they were going to Dothan.” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
18They saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted against him and decided to kill him. 19They said to one another, “Here comes that dreamer. 20Come on now, let’s kill him and throw his body into one of the dry wells. We can say that a wild animal killed him. Then we will see what becomes of his dreams.”
21Reuben heard them and tried to save Joseph. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. 22“Just throw him into this well in the wilderness, but don’t hurt him.” He said this, planning to save him from them and send him back to his father. 23When Joseph came up to his brothers, they ripped off his long robe with full sleeves. 24Then they took him and threw him into the well, which was dry.
25While they were eating, they suddenly saw a group of Ishmaelites traveling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels were loaded with spices and resins. 26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother and covering up the murder? 27Let’s sell him to these Ishmaelites. Then we won’t have to hurt him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed, 28 and when some Midianite traders came by, the brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29When Reuben came back to the well and found that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes in sorrow. 30He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there! What am I going to do?”
31Then they killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. 32They took the robe to their father and said, “We found this. Does it belong to your son?”
33He recognized it and said, “Yes, it is his! Some wild animal has killed him. My son Joseph has been torn to pieces!” 34Jacob tore his clothes in sorrow and put on sackcloth. He mourned for his son a long time. 35All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “I will go down to the world of the dead still mourning for my son.” So he continued to mourn for his son Joseph.
36Meanwhile, in Egypt the Midianites had sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of the king’s officers, who was the captain of the palace guard.
— from Genesis 37