Week 4  Day 5

Now the story gets personal
      whereas in his youth
            Joseph was on the receiving end
            begging for mercy
      now his ten brothers
           are the beggars

God was slow to deliver Joseph out of trouble
      now Joseph is slow to reconcile with his brothers
It is as though lessons learned from suffering
      are good lessons
      and not to be avoided.

The Joseph story in its totality
       reminds us of the faithfulness of God
When we ask:  Where is God?
                          Why isn't God doing something
about my problems?

Joseph answers:  
     God is working
           even when you can't see any evidence of God
     have faith
           everything will work for good.

                                        SEARCHING FOR FOOD
                  A turn of the tables; now it's one against ten.
                                                 Genesis 42

    1When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said
to his sons, "Why do you look at one another?  I have heard
there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy
for us,
that we may live and not die."  3So Joseph's ten
brothers went
down to buy grain in Egypt.  4But Jacob did
not send Joseph's
brother Benjamin, for he said, "Lest some
calamity befall him."   

      6Now Joseph was governor over the land; it was he who
sold to all the people of the land.  Joseph's brothers came
bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted
as a stranger
to them and spoke roughly to them, "Where
do you come from?" 
They said, "From the land of Canaan
to buy food."  8So Joseph
recognized his brothers, but they
did not recognize him. 

9Then Joseph remembered the dreams he had about them,
and said to them, "You are spies!"  10They said, "No, my lord,
but your servants have come to buy food.  11We are all one
sons; we are honest men and not spies."  12But he
said to them,
"No, you have come to see the nakedness of
the land."  13They
said, "Your servants are twelve brothers,
sons of one man in the
land of Canaan; the youngest is
with our father today, and one
is no more."
    17So he put them all together in prison three days.  18Then
Joseph said, "Do this and live, for I fear God: 19 If you are
honest men, let one of your brothers be confined to your
house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of
your houses. 
20And bring your youngest brother to me; so
your words will
be verified."
    21They said to one another, "We are truly guilty concerning
our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he
with us, and we would not hear; therefore this
distress has come
upon us."22Reuben answered, saying,
"Did I not speak to you,
saying, 'Do not sin against the boy';
and you would not listen?  
Therefore, his blood is now
required of us."  23But they did not
know that Joseph
understood them, for he spoke to them
through an

    24Joseph turned himself away from them and wept. 
Then he
returned, and talked with them.  He took Simeon
from them and
bound him.  25Then Joseph gave a
command to fill their sacks
with grain, restore every
man's money to his sack, and give them
provisions for
the journey; 26and they departed from there. 

                          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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