Scripture to Read: Genesis 43:26-44:13
Today we continue to examine the story of Joseph and his brothers. As the brothers returned to Egypt, Joseph asked how their father was doing and realized his brother Benjamin was with them. Joseph's heart was filled with compassion, and he showed his brothers kindness but gave to Benjamin greater portions than the rest of the brothers. The brothers were amazed at what they saw, and they all enjoyed a good time together (Genesis 43:29-34). The good time ended, though, when Joseph's silver cup was found in Benjamin's sack. Of course, Joseph was the one who had commanded the steward of his house to place the silver cup in Benjamin's sack and also to pursue the men once he sent them on their way. He told his servant to say, "Why have you repaid evil for good? Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this" (Genesis 44:4-5). Now, Joseph's intention in doing this was not to harm his brother, but he wanted him to stay with him. Although at this point, we're not told why Joseph continued to hide his identity from his brothers, we continue to see Joseph struggle with his feeling toward his brothers. Joseph doesn't seek their harm, but he has not yet made reconciliation with them either. Thankfully, this is not the end, but hope is found in later passages. There is hope for us as well. As we struggle with temptations in our relationships, reconciliation is possible because God has reconciled us to Himself through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Challenge & Application
1. What does God show us about Joseph’s struggle in approaching his brothers?
2. What are areas in your life where you have struggled with temptations and how it has impacted your relationships?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!