Genesis 42 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 42
When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? 2 I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.”
7 Joseph recognized his brothers instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where are you from?” he demanded.
21 Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.”
22 “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy?” Reuben asked. “But you wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!”
23 Of course, they didn’t know that Joseph understood them, for he had been speaking to them through an interpreter. 24 Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again. Then he chose Simeon from among them and had him tied up right before their eyes.
The brothers were standing around, nothing to do? Or just a fatherly admonishment….
Joseph immediately set up a ruse to mess with his now repentant brothers.
Joseph loses it, pulls it together, and makes a point . The rest will be seen in the coming chapters. This is the build up of a dramatic plotline that will ultimately show that God will get the due attention.
Lying around while there is work to do, food to provide, life to live is not a model to follow. Thank God for mentors in our lives who can help direct our actions.
Stay true to your calling. In this case, Joseph was staying true to the calling of leading Egypt while still providing for his family who once had betrayed him.
Although it pained him, he wanted to see their honesty and repentant hearts come to fruition.
God calls us to repentance. Sometimes it takes a famine, a dry time, or a difficult circumstance before we realize the status of our hearts. To Be Continued…
God – Thank you for the valleys in life, you always provide a way out that combines my repentance and my soul’s safety.