Epistles of Thomas

January 15, 2009

Genesis 43-45

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 13:03
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The famine continued and before long Jacob and the brothers have run out of food again. This forces Jacob to send Benjamin to Egypt. When the eleven brothers arrive they are again met by Joseph and they have lunch with him. They are amazed to be seated in order from eldest to youngest. After the meal they are sent on their way but Joseph sets up Benjamin by placing his silver cup in the boy’s bag of grain. Benjamin is “arrested” and they all return to the city. Joseph tells them that except for Benjamin they are free to go. Benjamin will remain as a slave. Judah steps forward and pleads with Joseph to allow Benjamin to return with the other brothers. He offers himself in place of Benjamin. At this Joseph could no longer control himself and he revealed his identity to his brothers. They are in shock of course, but he tells them not to worry because “God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance…it was not you who sent me here, but God” (45:7).

The brothers return to Canaan bearing gifts for their father and with an invitation to move the family down to Egypt in order to live out the remaining five years of famine there in the land of Goshen. Jacob is overjoyed to hear that his son is still alive and immediately desires to see him “before I die.”

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