The Story of Joseph (Part IV)
Bible Text: Genesis 42:1-45:8 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Series: The Story of Joseph
Genesis 42:1 and 2: The famine was worldwide and as a result Jacob (Israel) and his sons were without food and without swift action would soon starve. Israel’s blessing in Genesis 12:1-4 was being withheld because of their sin (Galatians 6:7)
Genesis 42:6, 8-10 and 11-16: Joseph’s prophetic dream is fulfilled (Genesis 37:6-9). Joseph was the man in charge of all the food. When his brothers came, he knew them but they do not know him. He accuses them of being spies in order to see his little brother Benjamin. Benjamin had no share in the older brothers’ crimes.
Genesis 42:24-28: They leave Simeon in Joseph’s custody and leave with food and all their money which they discover later on. They know they are being punished by God (Genesis 42:28 and 42:21).
Sin always has consequences.
Genesis 43:1, 2, 3 and 11-13: Jacob sends his sons back to Egypt for more food when the first runs out. He is forced to send Benjamin along who is now his favorite and his baby (about 25 years old). Jacob himself is now humbled before Joseph (Genesis 37:10). The brothers are terrified to return to Joseph (Genesis 43:18).
Genesis 43:26: The 11 stars make obeisance to Joseph.
Genesis 43:27-30: Joseph is overjoyed to see his little brother.
Genesis 44: 1-6 and 14-16: The brothers are again sent away with food, but Joseph’s magic cup is planted in the food and their money. They are caught with it all and now are at Joseph’s mercy. He was once at their mercy. Joseph renders good for evil (I Thessalonians 5:15).
Genesis 45:1-4: Joseph reveals himself to his brethren. They are totally shocked to see him at all, much less as the world’s most powerful man.
Genesis 45:5-8: Here is the lesson of the entire story. God used it all (Ephesians 5:20) (hatred, betrayal, injustice, false imprisonment) for his good (Romans 8:28). The bad in our life so often is God at work, bringing about his fruit in us (Romans 5:3 and 4).