Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Joseph's Brothers Go to Egypt
1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?" 2 He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."
3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. 5 So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan," they replied, "to buy food."
8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 9 Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
13 But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."
14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies! 15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!" 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
Revenge is a dish best served cool. The famine that struck Egypt struck everywhere, including Joseph’s homeplace back at Canaan. Jacob hears that Egypt has food, (I wonder who told him. Was it a hungry traveler or an Angel?) He tells the boys to stop looking at each other getting hungrier and go get food. He did not, however, send Benjamin. After all, he sent Benjamins older full brother Joseph on a trip, and he never came home.
When Jacob’s boys get to Egypt, Joseph recognizes them, but they don’t recognize him. (I think I seen the Governor somewhere before, was it in a pit?) Joseph messes with them, and accuses them of being spies, and threw them in jail, (payback.)
Joseph starts to test them, and tells them to choose one to return and get their little brother and the others will stay in prison. He knows this will be a challenge for his brothers, but they need a little challenge.
What would YOU do? I think I might have to be a little rougher with someone who beat me and sold me into slavery for almost half of my life. They will not get off free, but Joseph will be a lot nicer than I.
Prayer- Lord, Give me a forgiving spirit. Help me remember that it was people like me that killed Jesus, and yet you forgive me. Help me forgive others. Go-Fight-Win. Amen