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Genesis 14.18 - 28

posted 13 Mar 2014, 03:25 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
Three days later, Joseph had come up with a different plan.

Joseph (to his brothers): Do what I am about to say and you will live, because I am a man who respects God. 19 If you really are honest men, then I will choose one of your brothers to stay here in prison. The rest of you may go and carry grain to your families who are suffering because of the famine. 20 Then all of you must return and bring your youngest brother to me. In that way, I can see if you have been telling the truth, and you will not die.

They agreed to Joseph’s conditions.

Joseph’s Brothers (to each other): 21 Now at last, we are paying the penalty for what we did to our brother. We saw his anguish when he pleaded with us, but we wouldn’t listen. Now that very anguish has come to us.

Reuben: 22 Didn’t I tell you not to harm the boy? But you wouldn’t listen. Now we will all pay for spilling his blood!

23 Now Joseph’s brothers were speaking to each other in their own language and had no idea that Joseph understood what they were saying, since he had been speaking with them through an interpreter. 24 But their words moved him, so he withdrew from them and cried. When he had composed himself, he came back and spoke to them again. He selected Simeon to remain behind and had him bound in ropes right in front of them. 25 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return their money to each man’s sack, and to give them food for their journey home. All of this was done for them.

26 Then they loaded up their donkeys with the grain and left for Canaan. 27 Later, when they arrived where they would stay the night, one of them opened up his sack to give his donkey some fodder, and he saw his money lying at the top of the sack.

One of the Brothers: 28 Someone put my money back into the sack! Here it is, right on top!

When they heard this, their hearts sank. They looked at one another and trembled.

The brothers of Joseph are in the dark. What does this mean? Is this some sort of trick? Has someone planted the money there only to later claim it or the grain has been stolen? Are the Egyptians even now bearing down on them? Is this part of the test? Should they go back and tell the gruff Egyptian governor what has happened? And if they do, will he believe them? What happens to Simeon? They have a thousand thoughts, but their most profound thought occurs next.

Joseph’s Brothers (nervously to each other): What is God doing to us?