Genesis 44:1,2,4,5,9-13,16-17 Then he commanded his house steward, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. “Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph had told him… They had just gone out of the city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, “Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good? ‘Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this.’”… “With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves.” So he said, “Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent.” Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city… So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.” But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.”

I’m not sure about you but I was hoping today’s chapter would see the resolution of this great divide between the brothers.

Joseph’s actions are deplorable because he had his cup placed in Benjamin’s sack and then sent out his guards to catch Benjamin stealing.

What is God trying to teach us through Joseph’s treachery?

Joseph was rescued from the dungeon and placed over all Egypt in authority by the Pharaoh because he was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and was found worthy of overseeing Egypt.

This was not his natural nature but a gift from God. God ordained Joseph’s every step and revealed through him about the upcoming famine and therefore grain was collected.

This famine’s severity was so great that the faraway land of Canaan was impacted by it and that brought Joseph’s brothers over to buy grain.

Can you appreciate what God has orchestrated through these seemingly unrelated events? It took all of this to bring out the truth about Joseph’s past.

God is not in the business of placing bandages on wounds but instead is in the business of transforming lives because only He has the authority and the power to do so.

We look at situations in our lives and think they dictate us but God uses life to teach us His love and majesty over all. He seeks in us a repentant heart and offers to us reconciliation through the blood of His only son Jesus Christ, who was sinless and pure and was killed like a sacrificial lamb for our redemption.

Are you distraught by the situations in your life and the brokenness of the world around you or do you see your creator at work behind the scenes getting your attention in order to transform your life and bless you with His love?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 5:17 For if, through the transgression of the one individual, Death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in Life through the one individual, Jesus Christ.

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Comments
  1. You have brought some things out of this account that I have never contemplated. It has been awhile since I last read this account, and I had forgotten some of the dialogue between Joseph and his brothers. These words meant a lot to me:

    “God is not in the business of placing bandages on wounds but instead is in the business of transforming lives because only He has the authority and the power to do so.”

    The account of Joseph’s life has always been one of my favorites. Thank you for coming up with such good questions to consider and great insights into the wonderful ways of our Lord!

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,
      Thank you for enougaging me with your comments. I’m always amazed by how God reveals different lessons to each of us when we read the same piece of scripture and that is why we never tire of reading His word for it is new every morning and so rich with wisdom. I pray God will bless you as you continue to shine a light for Him in this dark world.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    Well, what Theresa said. ha! Honestly, that is the same line that really spoke to me. Do I want a temporary fix . . .or do I want to see God’s amazing healing power work completely in and through my situation and life? Passing on the band-aid . . Going for the total transformation.
    These are just so good, Vineet. Just so full of Him. Thank you and God bless your time before the throne and the ongoing ministry to us!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Debbie,

      For some unknown reason, I’ve been so caught up with work and home stuff that I was unable to respond to comments and I hope you don’t take any offense to my inaction? Debbie, I find that when I ask God to reveal His word to me and then I sit before Him reading it, the truth seems to look me straight in the face and most times I am ashamed of what it reveals in me. I’ve found God’s word to be more than just words on a page but life itself and I cannot imagine going through the day without holding onto His word.

      Thank you for being a blessing to me and to many and thank you, more than anything else, for declaring God sovereign over every thing in your life. I do know that each of us have very heavy crosses to bear but your smiling servant heart is beyond anything I’ve seen. Every tear you shed is blessed with grace from God that makes it all worth it.

      Blessings,
      Vineet

      • Debbie says:

        Dear friend Vineet . . .you don’t have to respond to everything! You bless us with the posts, with the way He speaks through you, so faithfully . . .no more is needed. 🙂 That you take further time to reply to comments . . .well, that is icing on the cake. Thank you for my icing today!

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