Today’s Bible Reading is Genesis 43-44, Psalm 16, and Matthew 16. Our Devotional is from Genesis 43-44.
Now the famine continued in Jacob’s country and he reluctantly gave his sons liberty to return to Egypt with Benjamin his youngest son (43:1-14). Arriving in Egypt, Joseph’s brothers once again appeared before Joseph whose identity was still unknown to them (43:15-16).
Joseph ordered his servant to prepare lunch and commanded his brothers be his guests (43:16-17). Fearing the worse, Joseph’s brothers cowered at the thought of entering the home of Egypt’s second most powerful ruler, especially when they remembered the money from their previous purchase had found its way into their grain sacks (43:18). Unable to contain their fear, the brothers began confessing their anxieties to Jospeh’s servant and learned he was responsible for returning their money to their sacks (43:19-23a). To their amazement, Simeon, the brother who had been left in Egypt, was restored to them (43:23b).
Still speaking through an interpreter, Joseph greeted his guests and questioned them regarding their father’s welfare (43:26-27). Answering Joseph, the brothers bowed before him and fulfilled a vision God gave him in his youth (43:28; 37:9-10). Suddenly overcome with emotion, Joseph fled to the privacy of his room and wept (43:30-31).
The meal being concluded, Joseph directed his steward to covertly place his brothers’ money in their grain sacks and ordered his silver cup placed in Benjamin’s sack (44:1-3). Sending his brothers on their journey, Joseph soon ordered his servants to pursue and overtake them as they exited the city gate (44:4-12).
Searching through sacks of grain beginning with the eldest to the youngest brother, the servants uncovered Joseph’s silver cup in Benjamin’s sack and charged him with theft. Taken with grief, the brother’s pled for Benjamin. Finally Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and the brother proved to be most honorable, confessed his fear the trials that befell them was God’s judgment for the grievous sin they had committed against Joseph (43:13-17).
Judah pled for Joseph to spare Benjamin, lest his loss be a sorrow unto death for their father (44:18-32). Finally, in an act of humility, Judah offered himself as Joseph’s slave in Benjamin’s place (44:33-34).
Joseph’s life has taken a path he did not choose; however, his faithfulness and faith in the LORD has borne him from the humiliation of a household slave and prisoner to the pinnacle of power and earthly success. Friend, I do not know the circumstances in which you find yourself, but I challenge you to Do Right, trust God, His way is perfect (Psalm 18:30)!
To Be Continued…
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith