In The Beginning God Part 29

Kingwell By Kingwell, 15th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Joseph's brothers are sent to his house where he dines with them. He becomes emotional upon seeing Benjamin.

At Joseph's House

When Joseph sees his brothers again and observes that Benjamin is with them, he immediately orders that they be brought to his house and that a great feast be prepared “for these men shall dine with me at noon”. Genesis 43:16. The brothers are scared however, when they realize that they are being taken to Joseph’s house and immediately expect that misfortune will befall them there but when they get there they find that Simeon has been released from prison and joins them as well. When Joseph arrives he first asks the men about their father and after learning that he is well sets his eyes upon Benjamin. He becomes so emotional that he leaves the room, enters his chamber and weeps. When he composed himself, he prepared to return. “And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said set on bread. And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians may not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest to his youth: And the men marveled one at another. And he took and sent messes from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times as much as any of their’s. And they drank, and were merry with him”. Genesis 43: 31-34.

The Final Test.

Of course the brothers were bewildered by all of this and talked one to another, having no idea that Joseph understood what they were saying. When everyone had gotten up in the morning, Joseph commanded his servants to fill every man’s sack as much as he could carry and to put every man’s money in the mouth of his sack. Joseph was not yet totally convinced that his brothers had changed and arranged for one more test. When all the sacks were filled and the money returned, he ordered that his silver cup be put in Benjamin’s sack. At daybreak Joseph’s brothers left to return home but they had barely left the city limits when Joseph sent his servants after them. “And whey they had gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? Ye have done evil in so doing. And he overtook them and said unto them these same words. And they said unto him, wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing. Behold, the money which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold? With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die and we also shall be my lord’s bondmen. And he said; now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant and ye all be blameless. Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city”. Genesis 44:4-12.

Judah Pleads for Benjamin.

Joseph was still at his house when his brothers returned and they fell on their knees before him. Judah, as spokesman for the group promised that they would all remain and be his servants. Joseph however, refused saying that only he who had stolen the cup should remain and that the others return home to their father. Judah however unable to bear it anymore pleads his case, even with this great lord of the Egyptians. He speaks of his father and how he had two sons in his old age, one of whom is dead and the youngest, the one in whose sack the cup was found is the only child left of his mother. He explains how his father refused to let the boy come down into Egypt, even though it was the only way they could get food, until it looked like they would all die from hunger. Judah continued that certainly their father would die from grief if his youngest son did not return with them and told of how he had become surety for his brother’s safe return. “Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondsman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father”. Genesis 44: 33-34.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 30
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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jul 2015 (#)

It is a rough ride for Joseph's brothers now. Looks like slip between the cup and lip for them! Judah and Benjamin are caught in between too.

Interesting as always, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks siva. Stay tuned. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Jul 2015 (#)

it would be a worrisome thing to go to a father and say you left his little son behind

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jul 2015 (#)

Very true Carol and it shows that the brothers changed since the time they sold Joseph into slavery. Thanks for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2015 (#)

You never disappoint! Blessings!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks my friend. Blessings.

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