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Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
Click here for today’s reading: Genesis 42, 43; Psalms 5; Luke 17
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Genesis 42 Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt for grain
42:32 “We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.”
Interesting that, even though they had sold their brother Joseph into slavery, they included him in their story… They could have just said, “we are eleven brothers…” Instead, they characterized Joseph as “one is no more.”
It had been quite a few years… Joseph had served in Potiphar’s house for some time… then he was in prison for a few years… then the seven years of plentiful harvest, now the famine had set in… It had been perhaps a dozen years? At least 10 or more…
You gotta love how Joseph is just kind of messing with his brothers… grilling them, putting their silver back into their bags… putting them in prison, requesting they bring Benjamin with them…
I love how his dream from when he was younger is fulfilled; 42:6-9 “So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.” Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them…”
Genesis 37:5-10 from our reading a few days ago: “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”
42:8 Then Joseph said to them, “You are spies!” (lol)
Keep in mind, Benjamin and Joseph were the only sons of Jacob and Rachel. So Benjamin was dear to both Joseph and his father.
“But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.” (He was the only one left of Rachel’s children… Not “the ONLY one left…” No wonder Joseph’s brothers were jealous when their father made statements like that.)
Genesis 43 Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt a second time
Psalms 5 a psalm of deliverance and thanksgiving
Luke 17 Interesting that Luke 17 touches on if your brother sins against you… forgive them… I see Joseph working through how he feels about his brothers and how they wronged him.
Part of what happens in reading the Bible according to a set plan is I don’t always want to stop… I want to see how this plays out with Joseph and his brothers… I mean, I already know how it plays out, but I want to keep reading. (It’s like watching one of my favorite movies… I already know how it’s going to end, but I need to keep watching.)
I had to keep reading… I’m not an overachiever… I just love this story!
PREVIEW: Genesis 45:4-5 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” Joseph wept so hard, everyone heard about it, including Pharaoh.
Also take note that the Egyptians wouldn’t eat with his brothers because they were Hebrew shepherds that they “detested.”
I love how real this story is… In it you see Joseph, now grown up, walking in his destiny, yet reliving his past, exacting some measure of revenge on his brothers who sold him into slavery and lied to their father about his death… But Joseph still shows them kindness… he’s just kind of messing with them as he’s working this out in his head and in his heart. I was raised with sisters… but I have two sons… I can see at times the difficulties they have with each other…
Lord, help me to trust in your plans… that even if I were sold into slavery by my brothers that I would remain faithful to you… even when wrongly accused and put into prison… forgotten… that I would remember that you never forget. You are always faithful, even in the most dire of circumstances! Even if it takes more than a dozen years to see dreams fulfilled…