In The Beginning God Part 28

Kingwell By Kingwell, 14th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When Joseph’s brothers arrive in Egypt he recognizes them immediately but they of course, don't know him.

Joseph Recognizes And Questions His Brothers

When Joseph’s brothers arrive in Egypt he recognizes them immediately but of course they could never imagine that this man who is lord over all of Egypt is the brother that they sold into slavery! All ten brothers appear before Joseph and when they bow down to him Joseph is reminded of the dream he had while still a boy in the land of Canaan. While Joseph is happy to see his brothers it is also important for him to know if they have changed their ways. Consequently he questions them and pretending not to believe the answers they give has them thrown into prison claiming that they are spies. Three days later they are brought before Joseph again who now says that nine of them can buy corn and return home to their starving families but one must remain behind in prison. He also demands that if they dare to appear before him again they must bring their youngest brother with them. He then takes Simeon and has him bound and returned to prison. He orders that the sacks of the other nine be filled and that the money which they brought to pay for the corn also be put in their sacks. Having no idea that Joseph can understand them the brothers begin to talk among themselves. “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? Behold also his blood is required”. Genesis 42: 21-22.

Jacob's Sorrow

With heavy hearts the nine returned to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened. When they emptied their sacks however, all of them found their money had been returned and they were all afraid. Jacob their father spoke to them declaring that in no way would Benjamin ever go down to Egypt with them. “Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again. And he said my son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave”. Genesis 42: 36-38. Remember here that Joseph and Benjamin are the sons of Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel and that is why Jacob says his brother is dead and he is left alone.

Return To Egypt

The difficult years however are not over yet for the drought is to continue for seven years, neither is the land of Canaan excluded from the famine. Eventually therefore the day comes when Jacob once again orders his sons to return to Egypt for more corn. This time however, Judah stands up to his father and declares that they will not return to Egypt unless they are allowed to take Benjamin with them. “And Judah spake unto him, saying the man did solemnly protest unto us saying, ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: But if thou will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, ye shall not see my face except your brother be with you”. Genesis 43: 3-4. It is obvious Jacob’s heart is breaking. On one hand he doesn’t want to send Benjamin down to Egypt for fear that he will never see him again and on the other hand, he cannot bear to see his people dying of hunger. Judah now shows himself as one ready to take responsibility and says unto his father “Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame forever; for except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time”. Genesis 43: 8-10. Jacob finally relents telling them to take of the best fruits of the land for a present for the man and to double the money and return that which had been put back in their sacks the last time.
“And the men took that present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.” Genesis 43: 15.
TO BE CONTINUED See part 29
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author avatar Shamarie
14th Jul 2015 (#)

Good post, Kingwell!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank You Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Joseph plays games with his brothers.

I wonder if that was his own Idea, or God's.

Surely God would not have told him to act like that, but then again that old testament God liked testing people exactly like this too...LOL

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited. I think that Joseph needed to be sure that his brothers had changed. He needed to test them to be sure. Without doubt Joseph trusted God.
Perhaps Joseph saw God differently than his contemporaries in the old Testament . God hadn't changed yet in the New Testament Jesus gives us a very take on God. I suspect the God of the Old Testament acted as he did because of the way that people saw him,They saw a God who sought revenge but Jesus taught that God was love. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Life has never been easy with famine and the sacrifices needed to tide over them. But God was holding hands so that finally all ends well, but now either He has a hands off approach or we do not hear Him amidst the din we create!

Thanks for this share, Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Two of my favorite verses in the Old Testament are "Be still and know that I am God" and "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength". Often it is when we are in the most dire of we find God speaking to us but we have to recognize his voice for God does not work in the ways of man. Blessings

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Jul 2015 (#)

that was indeed a hard decision for the father to part with his young son

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jul 2015 (#)

I agree Carol, it had to be very difficult. Thanks for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2015 (#)

Thumbs up! A great piece that deserves a star!!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jul 2015 (#)

I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this...it is touching)

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Mary both for visiting and for your comment. Blessings.

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