March 11, 2019

GENESIS 40-43    


Focus Verse For Today: Genesis 42:21 


Today’s journey begins with dreams.  Three sets of them.  Joseph becomes ruler of the lands of Egypt, subservient only to the Pharaoh.  Joseph’s brothers bow down to him.  


Is there something on your mind?  Take a few minutes to take your concerns to the Lord in prayer.  Then pray for wisdom regarding today’s reading.  Now read Genesis 40-43.  Let our journey begin!


Chapter 40 begins with Joseph in prison.  Joseph ran the prison for the chief jailer.  While undertaking his duties, he learned of the dreams of two men, the Pharaoh’s cup bearer and the Pharaoh’s baker.  They are troubled by their dreams.  Joseph tells them that God can interpret their dreams.  Joseph tells the cupbearer and the baker what God revealed their dreams to mean.  The interpretation came to pass.  (Genesis 40:1-23) 


Chapter 41 begins with the Pharaoh having a dream.  None of Pharaoh’s magicians or wise men could interpret the dream.  Although two years had passed, the cupbearer told the Pharaoh that Joseph had interpreted his dream correctly.  Pharaoh sends for Joseph.  Joseph made it clear to Pharaoh that God interprets the dreams, and that he, Joseph, is the messenger for God.  Joseph so impressed Pharaoh and his counsel that he was appointed manager of the land.  Joseph’s job was to prepare Egypt for the coming famine.  The famine strikes the area and Egypt is the only country prepared for it.  (Genesis 41:1-57)


Chapter 42 is the story of Joseph’s brother’s coming to Egypt seeking food for their Canaanite family.  Notice that Joseph’s brothers are bowing to him.  (Genesis 42:6(b)) They did not recognize Joseph although he recognized them.  He spoke to them through an interpreter not allowing them to know that he could understand everything they said.  Joseph accuses them of being spies, knowing they are not.  He kept one brother prisoner, while sending nine brothers home to bring his brother Benjamin to him.  Jacob refuses to allow them to return with the youngest son, Benjamin.  (Genesis 42:1-38)


Chapter 43 begins with the famine worsening in Canaan.  Jacob is forced to allow his sons to return to Egypt, with Benjamin.  Upon arriving in Egypt, they are ushered into Joseph’s home where they are to have lunch with him.  They are afraid.  Joseph inquired about their father, his father.  Benjamin portion of food is five times greater than anyone else’s, for Benjamin and Jacob not only shared the same father, they shared the same mother: Rachel.  (Genesis 43:1-35)


The focus verse for today is:


21They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother.  We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.” (Genesis 42:21, NIV)


Back in Chapter 37, Jospeh had a dream.  He dreamed his brother’s would bow to him.  His brothers took exception to the dream and sold him to the Israelites.  Joseph believes that God is the interpreter of dreams.  (Genesis 40:8(b) and Genesis 41:16)  Jospeh’s brother’s bowed down to him (Genesis 42:6(b))Joseph’s dream was the breaking point for his brothers.  Now, unknowingly, they are before Joseph asking him to save their lives.  Joseph responded to them probingly, to learn about his brother, Benjamin and his father.  He heard them confess the evil they had done to him.  We are seeing love and forgiveness demonstrated by Joseph’s actions.  If you decided to skip the reading and go straight to the study - stop - go back and read Genesis 40-43.  God delivered Joseph.  God, through His servant Joseph, delivered Jacob’s family from starvation.  Joseph had his nine half-brother’s before him.  The bother’s who sold him to the Israelites.  The nine half-brothers who thought he was dead.  He had them right there.  They were under his authority.  What will he do?  To be continued.  What would you do?  Godspeace!



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