“And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
“And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.” Genesis 42:21-22
In 1808, Sir Walter Scott penned the epic poem, “Marmion.” In this poem, Marmion desires to marry Clara de Clare, a rich woman, who is engaged to be married to Sir Ralph De Wilton. Through deception and trickery, Marmion seeks to get rid of De Wilton. However, in the end, Marmion is killed on the field of battle while De Wilton is proven a hero and marries Clara de Clare. One of the most quoted and famous excerpts from this poem is…
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!”
As we read in Genesis 42, Joseph’s brothers find themselves confronted with that “tangled web” which they had created for themselves.
Message preached on Sunday morning, August 16, 2015. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.