Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
14-15 Then Joseph threw himself on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He then kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Only then were his brothers able to talk with him.
16 The story was reported in Pharaoh's palace: "Joseph's brothers have come." It was good news to Pharaoh and all who worked with him.
17-18 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Tell your brothers, 'This is the plan: Load up your pack animals; go to Canaan, get your father and your families and bring them back here. I'll settle you on the best land in Egypt—you'll live off the fat of the land.'
19-20 "Also tell them this: 'Here's what I want you to do: Take wagons from Egypt to carry your little ones and your wives and load up your father and come back. Don't worry about having to leave things behind; the best in all of Egypt will be yours.'"
21-23 And they did just that, the sons of Israel. Joseph gave them the wagons that Pharaoh had promised and food for the trip. He outfitted all the brothers in brand-new clothes, but he gave Benjamin three hundred pieces of silver and several suits of clothes. He sent his father these gifts: ten donkeys loaded with Egypt's best products and another ten donkeys loaded with grain and bread, provisions for his father's journey back.
24 Then he sent his brothers off. As they left he told them, "Take it easy on the journey; try to get along with each other."
25-28 They left Egypt and went back to their father Jacob in Canaan. When they told him, "Joseph is still alive—and he's the ruler over the whole land of Egypt!" he went numb; he couldn't believe his ears. But the more they talked, telling him everything that Joseph had told them and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him back, the blood started to flow again—their father Jacob's spirit revived. Israel said, "I've heard enough—my son Joseph is still alive. I've got to go and see him before I die."
The good news spreads. Even the Pharaoh gets in the act. He gives the brothers wagons and carts to go get the rest of Joseph’s family and move them to Egypt, and told them not to worry about leaving things behind. "The best in all of Egypt will be yours. I think it is important to note that when Joseph sent his brothers home, he told them to try to get along with each other.
Jacob could not believe his son was still alive. After all, he had been told a long time before that Joseph was dead. Like Thomas, he doubted. He finally realized the truth and set off to be reunited.
Why do we doubt? Are things too much to believe? Sometimes we get overwhelmed and can not accept very good or bad news. That is where faith comes in. After all, if we knew all the answers-we would not need faith.
Prayer- Lord, Help us grow our faith. Help us remember that our faith in you and Christ is what is truly important. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.