Jacob's family uses up all of the grain and need more. Jo's brothers reiterate that they cannot go back to Egypt without Benjamin. I understand that Jacob wants to keep his youngest safe, but this whole time another of his sons is in prison and they will die without more food...umm..hello! After finally agreeing to it, they set out for Egypt with oodles of gifts to appease Joseph. Upon their arrival, Jo sets up a great feast and openly welcomes them. The brothers are jumpy and skeptical. I've seen this type of behavior before when someone does something wrong, they are just antsy and are constantly in fear of punishment. Their past behavior is all catching up with them and they are totally psyching themselves out!
Before the brothers leave, Jo slips a silver cup into Ben's bag and later has his men track them down. The brothers swear they would never steal and claim that anyone shown to have stolen will become a slave. They completely break down when they see the cup in Ben's bag. The plead with Jo for Ben and offer themselves as slaves as well. Probably the first decent thing they've ever done!
Jo reveals himself to his brothers and shares a cool piece of faith. God allowed Jo to be sold knowing that he would help to prevent death during the time of famine. He ultimately saved his family by being sold many years before that. I am again humbled and awestruck at the ways God provides! The family returns home to gather their things and move closer to Egypt to be close to Joseph. Joseph promises to provide for his family and make sure they are well taken care of.
Joseph is probably one of my favorite characters so far. His faith and perseverance is a testimony to me. He also holds no resentment towards his brothers or anyone who laid a hand against him. He keeps the Lords ways in mind and trusts them fully. Today, I pray for Joseph-like faith!
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