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Week 4 Day 6
Physical need brought the brothers to their kneesBut Joseph had needs too he needed to be with his brother Benjamin he needed to know his father was wellDespite all the outer pump and circumstance Joseph had a tender heart for those of whom he had been so long deprived.
Joseph could forgive past hurts because he was not looking at the evil his brothers intended but with eyes of faith Joseph saw God's hand directing his whole lifeJoseph's forgiveness was a celebration of divine providence.
BENJAMIN Jacob weeps in sorrow; Joseph weeps in joy. Genesis 43
1The famine was severe in the land. 2When they had eaten the grain which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food." 3But Judah spoke, "The man solemnly warned us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.' 4 If you send our brother, we will go down and buy you food. 5But if you will not send him, we will not." 6 Israel said, "Why did you deal so wrongfully with me as to tell the man you had still another brother?" 7But they said, "The man asked us pointedly about ourselves and our family, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?' And we told him. Could we possibly have known that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?" 8Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the lad with me, we will arise and go, that we and also our little ones may live and not die. 9 I myself will be surety for him. If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame forever. 10For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time." 11Israel said, "If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry a present--a little balm and honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. 12Take double money in your hand, and take back the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. 13Take your brother also, and go. 14May God give you mercy. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!" 15So the men took that present and Benjamin, and double money and went down to Egypt; and stood before Joseph. 16When Joseph saw Benjamin, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my home, and slaughter an animal and make ready; for these men will dine with me at noon." 26When Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand, and bowed down before him. 27Then he asked them about their well-being, and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?" 28They answered, "Our father is in good health; he is still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves. 29Then he saw his brother Benjamin, and said, "Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son." 30Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and went into his chamber and wept there. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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