Author: Lisa Graas
•3/21/2003 08:43:00 AM
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Today we see the parallel between Joseph and Jesus. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery for twenty pieces of silver. Although Joseph's brothers abandoned him, God did not. He used this horrible situation to bring about great good as Joseph ended up being Pharaoh's right-hand man in Egypt.

The chief priests and the elders of Jesus' time would have done well to "remember the marvels the Lord has done" with Joseph when they encountered Christ. Jesus was rejected by them just as Joseph was rejected by his brothers. He was rejected by the very people who should have known better.

Jesus mentions the rejection of the cornerstone by the builders. It's one thing for a meter maid or a chef to fail to recognize a proper cornerstone for a building project, but another for the builders to do so. They should know better, you see? When those who should know better are rejecting the truth, they are letting other issues -- like pride -- get in the way of what is clearly the right thing.

If I had a nickel for all the times that I made decisions based on my own pride, I would be wealthy indeed, but true wealth is not found when we sell out for silver. It is found when we learn to let go of our pride and encounter Christ in every relationship we have. With Christ as the cornerstone, we cannot fail in the end.

God bless you.
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