Week 4  Day 6

Physical need brought the brothers to their knees
But Joseph had needs too
      he needed to be with his brother Benjamin
      he needed to know his father was well

Despite 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 life

Joseph'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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