Genesis Chapter 43

Jul 13, 2012  |  Genesis, Old Testament  |  No Comments

Lord, open my heart and my mind, that I might see you.

Joseph’s Brothers Return to Egypt with Benjamin

After they had used all the grain they had purchased in Egypt, Israel told the brothers to return to buy more grain. When they said that they couldn’t return  without their brother Benjamin, Israel reluctantly conceded.

Genesis 43:14 And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved.

When they arrived in Egypt and Joseph saw them and his brother Benjamin, he had an animal slaughtered and a meal prepared and had them brought to his house. They were afraid he had brought them to his house to become his slaves and punish them because of the silver that had been returned to them. They approached the chief steward to plead their case and explain that they had not taken the silver. 

Genesis 43:23 And he said, “Peace be with you. Do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money.” And he brought Simeon out to them.

The brothers present Joseph with gifts and bow down to him.

Genesis 43:29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.”

Reflections on Genesis 43

In this study, I’ve focused on God and God alone – what He said, what He did and what people said about Him. It has amazed me what a different perspective that has given me, particularly in passages like this.  This is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, but there is actually very little about God  in much of the story. In this chapter, Israel asks for God’s mercy, Joseph’s steward tells his brothers that God has given them treasure, and Joseph asks for God’s grace. Very powerful insights about God – His mercy, His generosity, His grace, but not what I was expecting. Sometimes we get so caught up in the actions of the people, we forget about the God behind us and always with us.

Thank you, Lord, for your mercy, your grace and your generosity.  As I get caught up in life, help me to remember these gifts you always have for me. What wonderful and unexpected gifts they are.

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