Shanghaied – Weekly Sermon – October 6, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Genesis 37:23-30


Joseph was one of 12 sons born to the Hebrew Patriarch Jacob.

He was 11 in the birth order.  His brothers were Reubon, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulon, and his kid brother Benjamin. 

Moses makes it very clear that Jacob loved his sons, but he had a favorite and that was Joseph. 

I picture Joseph as a teenager, who knew he was the favorite and perhaps he took advantage of that with his older brothers.

In verse two of this chapter he tended the flocks with them, they did something and he came home and ratted them out. 

He had two dreams, which actually years later came to pass, but he shared them with his brothers and father. 

First, he dreamed that they were binding  sheaves. His sheaf rose up and stood and their sheaves gather around and bowed down before him. 

The second, he related was that the sun and moon and stars bowed down before him.

I imagine that both of those went over like a ton of bricks with his brothers. 

In verse 10 even his dad reprimanded him about them.

“Will your brothers, your mother and I really bow down before you?”

His brothers hated him, it all really started in Jacob giving Joseph the cloak of many colors.

This was not just any garment, it would have been made of fine wool or even silk, it was full length to the wrist and feet. 

It was the style that royalty wore.

No wonder his brothers were so jealous of him. 

It all came to a head one day when Joseph visited his brothers who had hatched a plan to kill him, but the oldest, Reubon and Judah also talked them out of that and convinced them to take his cloak and throw him into a cistern, kill a goat put its blood all over it and tell Jacob he had been killed.  When Joseph got there that’s exactly what went down.

Joseph was likely crying and begging them to let him out, in verse 25 we see that they were so callous toward him after they threw him in, they sat down and ate lunch.

As they ate a caravan going to Egypt was going by and they sold their brother into slavery.

Jacob had been informed as previously mentioned, that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal.

His dad was heartbroken, even though Joseph was his favorite, I believe he would have reacted the same way if he believed this has happened to anyone of them.

Joseph was taken against his will, sold and trafficked into the slave industry and market.

His brothers sold him to the Midionites, they sold him to Potiphar, his wife attempted to sexually assault him, he went to prison and eventually rose to the Prime Minister of Egypt.

He likely wasn’t searched for, his dad believed his dead.

This story turned out really well in the end.

Now, please turn back to Genesis 14:13-16.

Lot had been captured during a long war between multiple kings in Gommorrah region. 

He was a non-combatant, that didn’t matter, he, his family and house were taken.  They lost their possessions and were being held to likely be sold or used as slaves. 

Some escaped and came to Abraham and told him what occurred.  He gathered his men together and they found and freed Lot and his house.

They did everything they could to find his nephew they, were successful.  If one person had not told Abraham of the kidnapping and gave his location, Lot may have never seen freedom again.

In the American Civil War those fighting to free others, those who were taken into captivity against their will, sold into slavery, abused physically emotionally and spiritually, gave much for that to happen. 

 364,511 Union Soldiers dies, 281,881 were wounded and many maimed and disfigured.

On April 9,  1865 the slave issue was thought to have been resolved.  No more kidnapping, trafficking of other human beings, it was supposed to end.

 But, it sickens me to tell you that the slave trade, the taking of people against their will, the kidnapping of especially children and women is alive and well in America today.  Not just here, but global trafficking and sale of human beings is an industry unto itself.

It is not called slavery by many, but it is what it is.  You may recognize it more by the term “Himan trafficking.”

It is complex, the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat.  Means or coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another, for the purpose of exploitation.

It is estimated that yearly 17,500 foreign nationals and 400,000 Americans are trafficked into and within the US.

This occurs in two major categories labor and sex trafficking, with sex trafficking accounting for the majority of the cases.

The main hubs are in California, surprise, surprise, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas.  It is believed this is due to their proximity to international borders, ports, and airports, along with significant immigration populations.

There are currently 15,207 people missing in the US, Pennsylvania has 401.

Some may not want to be found, some may have been taken by family members due to a family dispute, I fear many have been against their will, kidnapped, sold into the sex slave industry and I believe some have been killed and left for God only to know.

What if it were your little child, your teenager, your wife. Wouldn’t you be like Abraham and do all that you could do to find them like he did with Lot?

He couldn’t have done it alone, he took 300 of his men to do so.

This subject is something that has become a burden on my heart.  I have partnered with a Christ centered rescue ministry that help people and groups to find the missing and to stop human trafficking and the global sex trade industry.

For $24  a month you can join me in helping moms, dads, husbands, ives and families to find their loved ones and to stop this demonic entity of the human trafficking industry. 

As for Christians, our hearts, our minds, our souls were kidnapped by Satan and he sold us into the world of sin, but someone loved us enough that they searched for us and they even gave their life to set us free.

Our Jesus saved us from the life of slavery bondage and sin.

May we in Jesus name and through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the love of the Father help others to be free mind, body and spirit.

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