Genesis 42:7,21-22,35 When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food”... Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood”... Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. Their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.” Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” But Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”
Joseph was now in authority over Egypt and was respected and revered for his gift of divination by God and for the authority bestowed upon him by the Pharaoh.
Because of the widespread famine stretching all the way to Canaan, people from all over the region came to him for grain and this is how he chanced meeting with his 10 brothers.
Joseph's response is odd in that he choses to imprison his brothers and treat them roughly but there seems to be justice in what he does when he sends them home while holding onto Simeon.
Wy would Joseph want to see Benjamin and what is God teaching us through this incident?
Clearly Joseph knew that he was dealing with his brothers and they did not recognize him because of his disguise. Also, the last place they would have expected Joseph to be is in Egypt as one in authority.
When he saw just 10 of his brothers, he must have worried about where Simeon was and if his brothers did to Simeon what they dealt out to Joseph as his fate.
He also wanted them to remember their wrongdoings to him and get the attention of their father, Israel. We probably know what eventually happens but we need to focus on what is being taught to us here.
In life, our bitter past often comes back to haunt us in ways we would never imagine. We make choices and do things that are far away from the grace of God and hope that we would not be found out.
Jesus reminds us (Luke 8:17) that there is nothing hidden in our lives that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be made known. Our sins will find us out and no matter how far we run, we can never run away from our brokenness.
The only hope we have is in Jesus Christ who is able to forgive us our past brokenness, transform us into a new creation with a new start and confirm to us a future in Him that is secure.
Are you living with the ghosts of your past actions and the fear of tomorrow are are you saved by the blood of the lamb and looking forward to your future with Jesus Christ for eternity?
In His Loving Service,
Mark 4:21-25 Jesus said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
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