Joseph #4

Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not recognize him. The bible does not say exactly how much time had passed, Joseph had gone from a boy of seventeen to a man. Besides, even though the brothers knew that Joseph had been sold to go to Egypt, they would have had no idea that he was now second in charge. They would never think that a slave could do that.

So surely they had no idea why he was giving them such a hard time to buy the food that they so desperately needed. This man called them spies. Is that how he started out treating everyone who came to him for food? Did he have everyone go to jail for a time? Did they ever think that this might have anything with what they had done so long ago? Joseph said he would send one was man back to their father, but then Joseph decided to have just one man stay and let everyone go else go home.

Poor Simeon. Jacob hadn’t allowed Benjamin to go with them the first time the brothers had gone down to Egypt. And he was not happy that this ruler of Egypt now knew of his youngest son, and had now made seeing the youngest son one of the requirements for getting more grain.. But troubles have ways of making us do things we don’t want to do.

This famine would not let up, and there was nowhere else to get food. So Jacob sent the boy with his brothers to get more food. Little did they know what they would find once they got there. They were welcomed with a meal and everyone was seated according to his according to their age.

But when they went to leave the morning after the feast, Joseph’s cup was found in their bags, actually it was found in Benjamin’s bag. The brothers did not like this at all. If they didn’t bring Benjamin home, that could well be the end of their father. They went back to Joseph’s house. And this is when they heard the news, brothers, I am Joseph even then Joseph told them not to be angry with themselves, for God had sent him to Egypt to preserve life.

How did they tell their old father that no, his beloved son Joseph was not dead, but in fact he was now ruler of all Egypt. Somehow they did tell him without killing him with the shock of it all, and they all went down to live in Egypt.

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