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JOSEPH SERIES: SECOND ENCOUNTER WITH BROTHERS

November 7, 2020

Jacob and his family consumed all the corn that his sons obtained in Egypt, and once again, they were experiencing a lack of food. Thus, Jacob told his sons to return to Egypt to purchase more corn; however, Judah reminded him of the words of Joseph, “Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.” After much discussion and Judah pledging to bring Benjamin home, Jacob hesitantly permitted Benjamin to accompany his brother to Egypt. Additionally, they all took gifts of fruits, balm, honey, spices, myrrh, and nuts along with the amount of monies that they discovered in their sack when they returned from their first trip to Egypt to give to Joseph.

Upon their arrival in Egypt, when Joseph saw Benjamin with the brothers, he arranged for them to dine at his house. At the house, the brother informed Joseph’s steward about the monies they found in their sack and their desire to give it to back; however, the steward replied, “Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money.”

While awaiting an audience with Joseph, Simeon was reunited with his brothers, and they were treated to Egyptian civilities. When Joseph came home, salutations were exchanged, and the brothers once again fulfilled Joseph’s dream by bowing down to him several times amid their conversation. Furthermore, when Joseph saw his younger brother Benjamin, he was so overcome with emotions that he had to leave the room and cry. After getting himself together, he returned and had the noon meal with them.

For this meal, the tables were arranged in three groups. Joseph had his own table, the Egyptians that ate with him had their table, and the brothers were placed around a third table according to their birth order. When the meal was served, Joseph sent food from his table to the brothers, but Benjamin was given five times the amount of food that his brothers received.

All in all, this day had been stressful for the brothers because they were not sure what would happen to them throughout the day. First, they were apprehensive about returning the monies found in their sack. Then they were uncertain about whether Joseph would believe they were not thieves. As promised to Jacob, they had to make sure no evil befell Benjamin, and finally, they wondered who knew their birth order and sat them at their table accordingly. However, because Joseph treated them kindly, they could relax for Genesis 43:34 ended the chapter saying, “And they drank and were merry with him.”

As I did in the previous blogs of this series, I will end this blog with points that I think are helpful for all of us to remember:

  1. Things often get worse before they get better.
  2. People choose to ignore that which they do not want to do.
  3. Time is precious; don’t waste it.
  4. When you talk, you cannot be sure what the listener’s response will be.
  5. If Benjamin did not accompany his brothers to Egypt, the family would eventually starve to death. Jacob laid aside his feeling for the survival and good of his family and Judah was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the family. What sacrifices are you making for your family?
  6. Apparently, Jacob had not changed; he reacted similarly to what he did with his brother Esau. He felt when there is a possibility of trouble, give gifts to appease the offended.
  7. Return that which does not belong to you.
  8. God’s mercies are needed in the affairs of our life.
  9. Though he had not seen nor communicated with him in over 20 years, Joseph was concerned about his father’s well-being. Are you concerned about your parents?
  10. The last time Joseph saw Benjamin, he was probably a young child, and now he was in his early twenties. Seeing Benjamin caused Joseph to want to connect with him and let him know he was special.
  11. When you are able speak blessings over your family members.
  12. There are many ways to express your emotions; when touched, men will cry.
  13. How well can you hold your peace? Joseph had a second encounter with his brothers and was able to not reveal his identity to them.
  14. Joseph treated his brothers kindly and made them welcome in his home. Can you invite persons that hurt you into your home and treat them with kindness?

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