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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 brothersIt 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 GodWhen 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 that 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 and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth. 7Joseph 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 man's 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 prison 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 pleaded 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 interpreter. 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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