Genesis 42:7,21-22,35 When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food”… Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood”… Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. Their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.” Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” But Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”

Joseph was now in authority over Egypt and was respected and revered for his gift of divination by God and for the authority bestowed upon him by the Pharaoh.

Because of the widespread famine stretching all the way to Canaan, people from all over the region came to him for grain and this is how he chanced meeting with his 10 brothers.

Joseph’s response is odd in that he choses to imprison his brothers and treat them roughly but there seems to be justice in what he does when he sends them home while holding onto Simeon.

Wy would Joseph want to see Benjamin and what is God teaching us through this incident?

Clearly Joseph knew that he was dealing with his brothers and they did not recognize him because of his disguise. Also, the last place they would have expected Joseph to be is in Egypt as one in authority.

When he saw just 10 of his brothers, he must have worried about where Benjamin was and if his brothers did to Benjamin what they dealt out to Joseph as his fate.

He also wanted them to remember their wrongdoings to him and get the attention of their father, Israel. We probably know what eventually happens but we need to focus on what is being taught to us here.

In life, our bitter past often comes back to haunt us in ways we would never imagine. We make choices and do things that are far away from the grace of God and hope that we would not be found out.

Jesus reminds us (Luke 8:17) that there is nothing hidden in our lives that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be made known. Our sins will find us out and no matter how far we run, we can never run away from our brokenness.

The only hope we have is in Jesus Christ who is able to forgive us our past brokenness, transform us into a new creation with a new start and confirm to us a future in Him that is secure.

Are you living with the ghosts of your past actions and the fear of tomorrow or are you saved by the blood of the lamb and looking forward to your future with Jesus Christ for eternity?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Mark 4:21-25 Jesus said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    “Jesus reminds us (Luke 8:17) that there is nothing hidden in our lives that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be made known. Our sins will find us out and no matter how far we run, we can never run away from our brokenness.

    The only hope we have is in Jesus Christ who is able to forgive us our past brokenness, transform us into a new creation with a new start and confirm to us a future in Him that is secure.”

    Amazing Grace!!

    Thank you, Vineet. I am feeling His love today! Thankful that He gives opportunity for starting over even when we feel we’ve run out of ‘get out of jail free’ passes. He is amazing indeed 🙂

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,
      Yesterday our pastor spoke to us about grace and how Dietrich Bonhoffer, a pastor who was murdered by Hitler in Nazi Germany explains how we can make grace Cheap or Costly (http://www.crossroad.to/Persecution/Bonhoffer.html). Amazing grace indeed is what we receive in abundance and live with when we are saved by God and I also am so grateful to God for His abundance in our lives. Praying that God continues to grow you from strength to strength as you lean on Him alone.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Ann says:

        I read a bit, Vineet

        I can’t imagine … (And we think we have problems?) Praying we’ll be ready to lay it all down for Him when He calls. Hard to push in one direction when everything else says go the other way but the God who calls us is able to strengthen and protect us. If He allows our lives to be taken while we work in His vineyard, His name still remains blessed and highly exalted above all.

        Nothing that we’ve done … just His grace and His grace alone… sufficient for whatever life throws at us. God be praised.

        [I’m glad I checked back here today. Thanks so much for that link]

        Blessings
        ann

        • ServantBoy says:

          Hi Ann,

          Today a non-Christian friend asked an interesting question on her facebook status which was, ‘This is not a morbid request/Miss World type question, but I’m really curious to know how you would spend your day if you had just 24 hrs to live 🙂 Write in! (Try not to be smart-alecy!)’. This was based on the movie Paradise Now that she watched and I found it amazing how God evokes life’s deep questions in this journey we call life.

          Last evening I had dinner with a dear brother in Christ who is going through some real challenges and he asked the question we all ask, WHY God, why me? As we spent time talking, I realized that God was working amazingly through this man’s suffering because there were many non-believers who were impacted by this man’s witness of God’s goodness. Reminded me of Psalm 107 which I recommend as a great read in times of distress.

          Thank you for sharing your heart and for being bold about your love for Jesus. He certainly loves the little children for their innocent but sincere love.

          In Christ,
          Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    This is yet another of your posts that has me in tears . . .for reasons sometimes only He knows. I absolutely love how you always bring us back to Jesus, back to making that decision to give it all to Him. There are no regrets when we do . .. only wishes that we would have done it sooner. God bless you and the way He continuously calls us through you!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      Tears are something that you and I share at the very core because I (Yes, I a man) cry when I am worshipping and praying to God for His goodness is beyond my belief and understanding and I just cannot thank Him enough for His love towards me… unwarranted, pure and selfless love. About the posts relating back to Christ, it is amazing how PERFECT a sacrifice He was and how real a Savior He is to us even today. Everything that occured in the Old Testament reflects Him and no one else. All the stories show us how Jesus is the only one who can fulfill and try as I might to deviate from that central truth, I just cannot. Praise God that we can sum the Bible into just one name, JESUS CHRIST!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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