Reaping What We Sow

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Hi C____,

Thank you for your question.
You ask me if since Joseph’s brothers hated him and could not speak peaceably to him because he brought to his father his brother’s evil slanders, that therefore he reaped what his brothers sowed.
In that experience, Joseph typifies and is a shadow of Christ. He is hated of his own brothers, suffers for being faithful to his father, is given the rulership of the kingdom, and he judges those who had persecuted him. So I will let scripture answer your question concerning what Joseph suffered for reporting to his Father the evil slander of his brothers.

Rom 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches [ slandering] of them that reproached [ slandered] thee fell on me.
Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Oh yes! Joseph suffered for 17 long years because his brothers had sowed to their own flesh. Nothing in that story is any clearer. But when we suffer from the reproaches of others, when we reap the fruits of serving the flesh, whether from within ourselves or from our persecutors, in the end God brings forth good out of all that evil which He brings upon us.

Gen 50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

So I would not word what happened to Joseph for telling his father of his brothers evil slander as “Joseph reaped what his brothers sowed”. The way I would put it is that Joseph was “persecuted for righteousness’ sake”. Joseph refused to join in on the evil slandering of his father, and he was persecuted and hated of all his brothers who were doing so.

Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I hope you find this to be of some help.
Your brother in His sufferings,
Mike

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