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The Story of Joseph (8): Genesis 44-45:1-15

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The Story of Joseph (8): Genesis 44-45:1-15

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The brothers hurried home. What a beautiful time they had had! That governor wasn’t so mean after all. He had fed them such a good meal. And they had had a special talk with him. Simeon was with them now, Benjamin was with them, and all things were well again! Wouldn’t father Jacob be happy?

But wait — who was that coming up behind them on a donkey? A man! The servant of the governor! What did he want?

“Men! Men!” called the servant. “Why have you been so rude to the governor? And he was so nice to you! He gave you a meal, he treated you nice, and now look what you’ve done to him!”

“What? What are you talking about?” cried the brothers. “What did we do wrong?”

“One of you took his silver cup,” shouted the servant. “His precious silver cup!”

“Not we,” the brothers cried. “None of us would do that! We brought back the money we found in our bags. That shows how honest we are. We would never steal!”

“Go ahead, look in all our bags,” said another brother. “You won’t find the cup, but if you do, you can kill that person and we will all be your slaves.”

What awful words! But the man opened each bag. First Reuben’s. No cup. Then Simeon’s. No cup. Then Judah’s. No cup. And all the way down, from the oldest brother to the youngest. Finally, he opened Benjamin’s bag.

And there was the silver cup.

Benjamin! Not Benjamin! And they had told the man to kill whomever had taken the cup! But he couldn’t kill Benjamin! No! What would father Jacob say? Since they would not let him do that to Benjamin, they all returned to stand before Joseph.

Can you imagine how scared the brothers were to meet this governor again? And how angry he was!

“What have you done?” he cried. “You took my cup! Didn’t you think that I would find out those things?”

“Oh sir,” said Judah. “What can we say? God is punishing us for all the bad things we have done. God has found out our sins. We will all be your servants. All of us, and our little brother too.”

Did the brothers really take the cup? Did Benjamin take it? No, none of them took it. The governor, Joseph, had put the cup in the bag! He did it on purpose. He wanted to see if his brothers were still jealous men. He wanted to see if they really loved Benjamin, or if they would let him be killed. He wanted to see if they were sorry for what they had done to him, Joseph.

And then Judah began talking. He told how their father did not want to let Benjamin come. He told how he had promised to take good care of him. He told how they had had another brother, Joseph, who was now gone. And their father would never get over it if Benjamin didn’t come back! Benjamin must go back home!

“Oh, please, sir,” begged Judah, “let me stay as your servant. I will do anything you want. But just let Benjamin go home!”

Then something strange happened!

The governor asked all his servants to leave the room. Then he began to cry!

The men looked at each other. What was wrong?

Then suddenly the governor cried, “I am Joseph! Is my father living?”

Joseph? This man was Joseph? Oh no! What would he do to them? They had been so mean to him! And now he was a governor, almost a king! He could do anything to them!

Joseph saw how scared his brothers were. “Don’t be so worried,” he said. “God made everything happen like this. God wanted me to store food during the good years so that people would live during the hard years.

The brothers saw that Joseph wasn’t angry after all. Only a man who loves God could be so kind after all they had done to him. And then they all talked and talked. What a wonderful thing God had done!

— SW

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The Story of Joseph (8): Genesis 44-45:1-15

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The Banner of Truth | 28 Pagina's

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