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Posted by on May. 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM
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Joseph's brothers have a tough meeting with Joseph (Genesis 42:1-28)

1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
3 And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
4 But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
11 We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:
19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
21 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.
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.
26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth.
28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

The brothers face Jacob with the bad news (Genesis 42:29-38)

29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said unto 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.
37 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 thee again.
38 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 the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave


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by Member on May. 8, 2009 at 1:52 PM

GENESIS 42:1-28


They have half a reunion with Joseph. This is the half where Joseph knows he's reunited, but his brothers don't. Jacob and his sons have run out of food, but they hear that there is food to be purchased in Egypt. We don't know how much time has passed since the famine began, but, based upon 45:6, it is less than two years, making Joseph between 37 and 39 on this trip. So, his brothers haven't seen him in over 20 years.

Ten of them go down to Egypt to purchase food; Benjamin, Joseph's only full brother, stays home. When they arrive and appear before Joseph, he recognizes them, but they don't recognize him. Verse 7 says, "...he spake roughly unto them..." Well, they certainly had that coming! Uh oh! I hear a little lie from the brothers in verse 11, "...we are true men." Yeah, right! Joseph accuses them of being spies and locks them up for three days; they had that coming too. Upon release, Joseph dictates his conditions: Go back home with food and bring Benjamin here. Perhaps Joseph suspects that they had also done some harm to Benjamin. Leave a hostage (Simeon) until you return.

They acknowledge among themselves their wrongdoing with regard to Joseph over 20 years ago in verse 21; they even acknowledge that this incident is the result of their actions. Now notice verse 22 in which Reuben acknowledges that he really did think that his brothers had killed Joseph. Perhaps that's the reason Joseph did not keep Reuben (the oldest) instead of Simeon (the second oldest) in prison; he learns from their conversation that Reuben had tried to intercede for him the day the brothers sought to kill him. The brothers think Joseph can't understand their discussions, but he hears every word. The last thing they saw was in verse 24 - Simeon being bound right before their eyes. On the trip home, one of them notices that his sack of corn has his money in it along with the corn. As a matter of fact, all of their money had been placed in each of their sacks. Upon seeing this and recognizing that they may be accused of stealing the money from Egypt, they comment in verse 28, "What is this that God hath done unto us?" They apparently view this as chastisement from God for their actions against Joseph back when he was 17 years old

GENESIS 42:29-38

Upon arrival back in Canaan, Jacob is told the whole, very weird story of the trip to Egypt. When they open their bags of grain, they each find their money along with the grain. Now they're afraid that they are each on the 9-most-wanted list in Egypt for stealing. They are afraid to go back for that reason, but Simeon is a prisoner there awaiting their return...with Benjamin in tow. Jacob makes a very sad statement in verse 36, "And Jacob their father said unto 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." Reuben is Jacob's oldest son, and he steps up to the plate declaring his confidence that he can successfully go down to Egypt with Benjamin and bring everyone (including Simeon) back home - pledges the life of his sons against the guarantee. Nooooo! Too risky. Jacob determines to leave Simeon in the Egyptian prison rather than take a chance on losing Benjamin.

Obviously Jacob was not an advocate of the no-man-left-behind policy. There was also a trust issue here in all likelihood. Reuben had demonstrated himself to be something less than faithful back 13 or 14 years ago when he took advantage of his own father's wife, Bilhah (Genesis 35:22, see notes). Moreover, Jacob remembers the evil deed done by Simeon, along with his brother Levi, when they massacred the men of Shechem back in Genesis 34 (see notes). As a matter of fact, he incorporates these incidents into his dying blessings to his sons at his death (Genesis 49:5-7, see notes). So here we're looking at the promise of a son who had lost Jacob's trust desiring to embark upon a treacherous mission to retrieve a son who still wasn't in great favor with his father. Jacob was not willing to gamble away the son for whom he now seemed to demonstrate the greatest affection for such a risky mission; let Simeon stay in prison. However, if they run out of food again, things may change...see notes on Genesis 43.


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by Member on May. 12, 2009 at 7:07 PM

I love this story because it show how love can forgive, even when it wants to get revenge.  Even though Joseph was mistreated by his brothers, he still provided for them.  Siblings often times fight like no others but the love is still there.  Nothing super spiritual with this today.

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by Co-Owner on May. 13, 2009 at 7:50 PM

This chapter shows how awesome our God is and Joseph's tenacity and faithfulness to God!

Joseph went through many trials and tests for about 2 decades and there He was being exactly what God wanted him to be. The one to save the 12 tribes of Israel; thus, keeping the bloodline reserved for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Joseph had so much love, forgiveness, and obedience to God.

It also shows how important our dreams are and need to line up with God's will and He will follow through.




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