Genesis 43:1,2,8,9,23,24,33,34 Now the famine was severe in the land. So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little food”... Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. “I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever... He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder... Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
Desperate times calls for desperate measures and that is what has occurred in the house of Israel. The famine continued and the desperation of Israel's (Jacob) stomach made him reconsider his decision of not sending Benjamin with his brothers to Joseph.
A payment was prepared of twice the amount they would need plus the amount that was returned the previous time plus a special gift for Joseph for his kindness to them in releasing their brother Simeon.
Feels like the end of their struggles is at hand and is that the Lord's word to us today?
In the fear that Joseph will seek retribution for them not paying the last purchase of grain, they try to find favor in the eyes of Joseph's servant by admitting their mistake and offering the money back plus more for the new purchase.
The servant's response to them is evidence that even the Egyptians, whose hearts were far from God, could see the God's hand of blessing upon them in Joseph's invitation to them.
The big luncheon is prepared and Joseph personally serves each man and gives his brother Benjamin 5 times that of his other brothers to show his love to him.
However, none of the brothers recognize Joseph because in their hearts, they have forgotten him and cannot imagine this would be him.
This is a real reflection of our hearts and response to our sins. When we are confronted by the sins of our youth, we find it hard to remember because we have suppressed our sins with thoughts of our own righteousness.
We, like Joseph's brothers, think that we will be able to buy favor in God's eyes for His goodness to us but God's goodness is not going to be bought for He owns all that we give Him and much more because He is the creator God and we are His creation.
What then is the solution in this sticky situation? There is NOTHING that can redeem us from our sins except a sacrifice that God will find pleasing.
Jesus Christ, the only son of God, was slain on the cross for no sin of His own but for the sins of the world and only when we submit our broken bodies to Him and seek his blood as payment for our sins can we find favor with God. The gift is from God to us at no cost to us but what we need to do is submit to Him our lives and our brokenness that He might fully restore us as His own and wash us clean so as never to be condemned in His sight.
Are you washed in the blood, in the precious blood of the lamb or are you dirty in the muck of sin and trying to buy your way through life?
In His Loving Service,
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
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