How important is it to study the Bible? Obviously, that is a rhetorical question, but we should understand the importance of details. Currently, I am reading a fantastic book and the writer has some fantastic thoughts on the word of God, but he talks about how Joseph’s brother sold him into slavery. This is what I learned in Sunday school and this is what I taught. We should take a closer look at the scripture...
Genesis 37:27-31 KJV
 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
The Bible clearly states that the Midianites drew Joseph out of the pit and sold him to the Ishmeelites. Dr. J.H. Hertz writes in his Pentateuch commentary writes that Joseph’s brothers were eating and could see the Midianites many miles away. As they contemplated selling Joseph, the “Midianite merchants, casually passing by and hearing human cries from the pit near the roadside, carry off Joseph and sell him.”
Why is this important? It is important because every word of God is important and therefore it is important that we do not just take what others say and run with it, but study the scripture for ourselves. The details matter. It has been taught for generations and it is still taught that Joseph was sold by his brothers, but it was the Midianites. When we study, we are prepared to speak the truth of God’s Word.
1 Peter 3:15 CEV Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
We may not always know everything about the Bible “off the top of our head”, but we should know where to find it it scripture and “rightly divide” it.
If you tell people that Jospeh was sold by his brothers, I am sure that lightning will not strike you, but it should be a wake up call to study more and get a greater understand His word and what God is telling us.
Have a great week!