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…


outright thievery. 


Isn’t it interesting how, supposedly, 


“overwhelming grief” 


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”


(Matthew 6:24).


This verse comes at the end of a passage 


in which Jesus tells us to 


“Lay up treasures in Heaven” 


(v. 19). 



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


(Genesis 4:3–8). 


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 (Gen. 25:28-34). 



Leah was jealous of Rachel's beauty (Gen. 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 


(Gen. 27:8-10,14-17).


Joseph's brothers were jealous of him. 


His brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt 


(Genesis 37:12–28). 


Even Martha and Mary’s story contains 


a disagreement between the sisters 


(Luke 10:38–42).


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’” 



(Matthew 12:46–50).