Genesis 43

Genesis 43 has the famine in Canaan continuing and getting worse.  So Jacob evaluates things and “when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, Go again, buy us a little food”.  He sees the writing on the wall – they are going to starve is they don’t get some more grain.  The brothers won’t go back unless they can take Benjamin with them which is what Joseph had told them had to happen if they were to return.  Jacob is not interested in that – but finally gives in.

He tells them to take some of the fruit of the land, along with double the money (returning the money that they had brought back the first time), and Benjamin.  Jacob’s comment on the money was that “perhaps it was an oversight”.  Not likely given the situation in Egypt, but he sends them on.  “So the men took this present, and they took double the money with them, and Benjamin”.  When they arrive they are taken to Joseph’s house.  The brothers are freaking out believing that they are in trouble because of the prior visit and the money being returned in the bags of grain.

The men were afraid because they were brought to Joseph’s house”.  After all, they were from a foreign land and wouldn’t expect to be taken to the house of the #2 man in the kingdom.  But they are, and they talk with the steward of Joseph’s house and confess the money in the bag situation.  But they find out that he was in fact the one who had taken their money earlier, and put it back.  God takes away the fear by connecting the dots for them.  “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money”.  All is well.

They still have no idea who Joseph is.  He comes home for lunch and asks them “about their welfare and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke”?  Once again, “his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to weep”.  Joseph is still very connected even after all they have done to him and years being apart.  He is so glad to see his younger brother Benjamin, as well as the rest of his family.  He feeds them and cares for them and they just “looked at one another in amazement”.  How could this be happening?  It was because of the grace of God who takes all things and puts them together for good!

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