Genesis 43:1,2,8,9,23,24,33,34 Now the famine was severe in the land. So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little food”… Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. “I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever… He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder… Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and that is what has occurred in the house of Israel. The famine continued and the desperation of Israel’s (Jacob) stomach made him reconsider his decision of not sending Benjamin with his brothers to Joseph.

A payment was prepared of twice the amount they would need plus the amount that was returned the earlier time plus a special gift for Joseph for his kindness to them in releasing their brother Simeon.

Feels like the end of their struggles is at hand and is that the Lord’s word to us today?

In the fear that Joseph will seek retribution for them not paying the last purchase of grain, they try to find favor in the eyes of Joseph’s servant by admitting their mistake and offering the money back plus more for the new purchase.

The servant’s response to them is evidence that even the Egyptians, whose hearts were far from God, could see the God’s hand of blessing upon them in Joseph’s invitation to them.

The big luncheon is prepared and Joseph personally serves each man and gives his brother Benjamin 5 times that of his other brothers to show his love to him.

However, none of the brothers recognize Joseph because in their hearts, they have forgotten him and cannot imagine this would be him.

This is a real reflection of our hearts and response to our sins. When we are confronted by the sins of our youth, we find it hard to remember because we have suppressed our sins with thoughts of our own righteousness.

We, like Joseph’s brothers, think that we will be able to buy favor in God’s eyes for His goodness to us but God’s goodness is not going to be bought for He owns all that we give Him and much more because He is the creator God and we are His creation.

What then is the solution in this sticky situation? There is NOTHING that can redeem us from our sins except a sacrifice that God will find pleasing.

Jesus Christ, the only son of God, was slain on the cross for no sin of His own but for the sins of the world and only when we submit our broken bodies to Him and seek his blood as payment for our sins can we find favor with God. The gift is from God to us at no cost to us but what we need to do is submit to Him our lives and our brokenness that He might fully restore us as His own and wash us clean so as never to be condemned in His sight.

Are you washed in the blood, in the precious blood of the lamb or are you dirty in the muck of sin and trying to buy your way through life?

In His Loving Service,

John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

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  1. This is as such a great post. I love how it demonstrates how great our need is for Christ, and how sufficient the salvation is that He alone provides! Thank you for sharing it.


  2. ServantBoy says:

    Thanks Theresa for taking time to read this post. It ended up being extra long and I just could not edit it shorter 😦 I just wrote a repsonse to Deb in yesterday’s post that Jesus is the only way as revealed both in the Old and New Testaments and try as hard as I might, I cannot seem to find any solution or response better than directing us back to Him.

    Praying that God continues to bless your ministry of His word and strengthen your faith that you may continue to be a great blessing.

    In Christ,

  3. Debbie says:

    There was something special about this, the way you presented it. I found myself waiting, wondering and then cheering for Jesus, the One who comes into every situation to save. 🙂 His salvation story just never gets old for me, but strengthens me each time it’s told. God bless you for exalting the name of Jesus!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      Often when you leave a note, I have to go back and read the post to fully comprehend what you are saying and I admit I don’t always understand. I suppose it’s how God reveals things to us and I’m glad that He works in His almighty and mysterious ways that are beyond us. Thank you for always being an encouragement to me and to so many other bloggers and thank you for gleefully carry your cross.
      In Christ,

      • Debbie says:

        Sorry if I was out there a ways trying to describe how He touched me with this1 ha! Thankful you are gracious . . .like your Jesus! 🙂

        • ServantBoy says:

          Deb, please don’t apologize for anything because you did not say anything out of place. I was just trying to understand what I wrote that caused you to feel a sense of excitement. Wish I knew how but come to think of it, this is wisdom from above and I’m only a humble typist. So I just need to stay grounded and wait on the Lord to reveal His truths 🙂
          Blessings dear Sister,

  4. Ann says:

    Thank you, Vineet.

    We mess up so badly so many times yet He offers forgiveness and freedom. I can’t say I understand this but I am thankful for the ministry of reconciliation.

    It would be great if all the stories had such a happy ending but sometimes lives are lost before others realize the pain our actions cause others. May God help us to be mindful of how we relate to others.

    Blessings, my brother in Christ. May you find favour in the eyes of those around you. May God direct your path as He directed Joseph’s so that in the lean times you will lean on Him

    Free in Christ,

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Like you, I will never understand why Jesus did what He did and how He can simply forget the mountains of sin each of us bring before Him but I also just praise Him for his ministry of reconciliation.

      I wouldn’t say this story has a happy ending because we are still 2 chapters away from the end and that is barely the beginning 😉 I totally agree with your hope that God would help us be mindful of how we deal with others. It is a challenge of being in a relationship.

      I love most your prayer for me that I would learn to lean on Him when I’m going through lean times. I often feel times are lean and whine about it but then I remember what Jesus did for me and realize I am living with a gift greater than the greatest things in the world! I am blessed to be called an heir to the kingdom of God!!

      In Christ,

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