Tragedy in life can come with betrayal and compromise.
My siblings seemed to have been okay
trading their integrity and dignity...
for thirty pieces of silver.
The ugly deeds my siblings have
performed... are NOT okay.
These terrible acts of lies and betrayal
have torn our whole family apart.
Their evil deeds had to require a strong stomach
for dishonesty, a willingness to submit to self-delusion,
and a heartless ability to ruin the future
of legitimate heirs.
And in doing so… they showed blatant contempt
and disrespect for our middle brother, mother,
and father’s final wishes of being fair, honorable,
decent, and equitable.
Let’s face it, most thinking people
know that these devilish deeds,
in any court of law, is considered as…
Isn’t it interesting how, supposedly,
takes an immediate backseat to
potential monetary gain?
As hard as it is for many of us to admit, countless families
who we never imagined...
have found themselves in despicable conflicts
over material things.
They are suddenly overwhelmed by major disagreements
and power struggles over money and things.
Money and things can become a slave master
and drive people to do all sorts of things.
The love of money, not money itself,
is a source of all different kinds of trouble and evil.
Wealth is morally neutral;
there is nothing wrong with money,
in and of itself, or the possession of money.
However, when money becomes ones' god
and it is worshipped and adored...
that's when incredible evil and sin
rears its ugly head.
Greed causes people to do all sorts of things
they wouldn’t normally do.
The love of money is what motivates people to lie,
steal, cheat, gamble, embezzle, steal inheritances,
and even murder.
According to Scripture,
people who have a love for money lack the godliness
and contentment that is the true gain in God’s eyes.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,
“No one can serve two masters, for either
he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one
and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and money”
This verse comes at the end of a passage
in which Jesus tells us to
“Lay up treasures in Heaven”
Here, Jesus likens a
“Love of money” to idolatry.
He refers to money as a
“Master” we serve
at the expense of serving God.
We are commanded by God to have “No other gods”
before the only true and living God
(Exodus 20:3); the first commandment).
Unfortunately, not all siblings express love
for one another.
Many of the famous sibling groups mentioned often
throughout the Old and New Testaments are known
for their interpersonal conflicts and even hatred
for each other.
Cain killed Abel out of jealousy,
thereby committing the first murder
Jacob and Esau were at odds
from the time they were in the womb and into adulthood
(Genesis 25:23; 27).
Jacob was jealous of Esau's birthright
and his father's favoritism (Genesis 25:28-34).
Leah was jealous of Rachel's beauty (Genesis 29:17).
The rivalry between Leah and Rachel was bitter,
made worse by their father Laban,
a devious and unscrupulous man.
Rebekah overheard Isaac's decision to bless Esau.
Rebekah loved her son Jacob more.
She schemed to get the blessing for Jacob
Joseph's brothers were jealous of him.
His brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt
Even Martha and Mary’s story contains
a disagreement between the sisters
Jesus Himself had siblings—
brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas,
and an unknown number of sisters
(Matthew 12:46; 13:55, 56).
Jesus once used His family
as a picture of His relationship with His followers:
“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd,
His mother and brothers stood outside
wanting to speak to Him.
Someone told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers
are standing outside,
wanting to speak to You.’
He replied to him,
‘Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?’
Pointing to His disciples, He said,
‘Here are My mother and My brothers.
For whoever does the Will
of My Father in heaven
is My brother and sister and mother’”