With faith, the bonds of family (both by blood or by Spirit) can overcome struggle.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. 74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word. 75 I know, O LORD, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it. 76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. 77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
Read - Genesis 43-44 -
Joseph’s brothers are caught in a pickle. On one side is their brother Benjamin (Joseph’s pure brother) and on the other side is starvation. What is your decision making process when you face a pickle?
Finally, Joseph’s emotions overcome him. His love for his family begins to outweigh his desire to make it hard on these men who had sold him into slavery. Our emotions can betray us at times but in this example Joseph’s emotions are leading him to do what is right with his family.
This text ends with Judah standing up for his family and showing his willingness to sacrifice his own freedom to gain freedom for them. This little speech has wonderful consequences on Joseph’s heart. Don’t be afraid to make a stand in life!
Lord, help me to deal with my family with honesty and care.
There are many Egyptian artifacts and historical documents. A wall painting from 1900 BC shows an interesting view as to what Joseph’s family looked like as they came to Egypt to buy grain.
What would have happened if Jacob hadn’t let Benjamin return to Egypt? The whole ‘plan of God’ would have been re-routed. Every decision we make has its place within the bigger story of God’s Redemption. All through-out Joseph’s story (Genesis 37-50) we are introduced to what Egypt would have called a small story within their bigger story…but with the eyes of faith we see that this was the most important thing going on!