They threw him in a pit and sat down to enjoy pita sandwiches.
Perhaps Joseph's cries for mercy bothered them, but only enough to sell him instead of killing him. For the next 20 years, they watched their father suffer over Joseph's "death" but never repented or tried to rescue Joseph (Genesis 37).
What drove these brothers? Envy and jealousy, the same evil twins who hung Christ on the Cross (Matthew 27:18) and martyred most of the Apostles (Acts 13:45).
- Envy: hating others because they have something we want.
- Jealousy: fear that others are taking something we have.
But they also have more subtle side effects:
- extramarital flirtations
- difficult relationships with siblings or co-workers who have talents or possessions we lack
- Consumer debt (buying things because others have them)
- self-pity and self-centeredness