The Better Reuben


And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. — Genesis 37:22 ESV


Reuben had a plan. Joseph is in the pit until the herd is led away from the nearby pastures, then he’d pull him out. The pit is dark and he’s alone, but it would only last a short while. His brothers’ betrayal would not sting for long. Reuben would rescue and restore Joseph back into the family. Little did he know that Joseph would experience his family’s silence and distance for years. Reuben’s plan to rescue and restore Joseph had nothing on God’s plan to rescue and restore Joseph.

Romans 3:23 reminds us we were all in the pit of sin, separated from Him. A pit with seemingly no hope of rescue. On this side of the New Covenant, our redemption comes not from well-intentioned friends or family, but from Jesus Christ. Jesus is our far better Reuben. He chose death to see us made into His own brothers and sisters. His sacrifice rescues and restores us into the family of God. And He calls us to share His invitation of rescue and restoration to the world. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19 ESV) Today, let’s introduce our Savior to someone needing out of their pit!


Father, Son, Spirit, thank You for Your sacrifice, redemption and restoration found in You. I am awed and overjoyed to be a part of Your family, forever. I love You so much. Amen.

Your turn:

What other pits has He rescued you from?

How can you care for someone today who needs His restoration and rescue?

Alli Miller

Alli is a native Texan but calls Louisiana home. During the week she teaches English and video chats with her nephew. On the weekends you'll find her lacing up her tennis shoes for a run, her nose in a book learning more about her Redeemer and Friend, and writing Sunday lessons for the younger hearts at Living Hope Fellowship. Her heart is for encouraging others to taste and see that God is breathtakingly good to and through them.