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By: Larry Shaffer
This is my grandson Ryker on our recent trip to Maui.
I Fear God
Joseph, lesson 20
Now Joseph said to them on the third day, ‘Do this and live, for I fear God; if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households, and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.’ and they did so.
Then they said to one another, ‘Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul, when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore, this distress has come upon us.” Reuben answered them, saying, ‘Did I not tell you, do not sin against the boy; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood.
They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them. He turned away from them and wept. Genesis 42:18-24
This quite a scene; quite a turn of events! Joseph tested his brothers by questioning their motives and placing them in prison for three days. They feared for their lives and also for their families back in Canaan who were dependent upon them to bring them food. David is very shrewd in his actions. He is both testing them to determine if they have changed from their treacherous ways and secondly, providing them some ‘good ole fashion’ discipline.
There are a few phrases in the text that especially caught my attention:
Do this and live, for I fear God. V 18
If you are honest men…v 18
Truly, we are guilty…Now comes the reckoning for his blood. V 22
He turned away from them and wept. v 24
Father, there are many lessons to consider today regarding this story. Help us first to confess our heart’s secrets before You. Yes, You gave us Jesus to remove the penalty of our sin but also to relieve the guilt of our sins as well. Help us to open up to You; be transparent before you in prayer; receive fully the forgiveness of our sin as well as the relinquishing of our guilt. Restore our souls, all to Your glory and to Your honor. Amen!