The nine sons of Jacob come back from Egypt. Jacob denies sending Benjamin with his brothers to Egypt once more. From Genesis 42:29-38 commented by ASV and questions

שלום חברי

רוח הקודש

To lose more sons

When the nine sons of Israel came back after being away for about two months, they told their father everything that happened to them in Egypt and that they had to return with their younger brother Benjamin to have Simeon released. However, Israel denied them going back, he warried to lose more sons, especially Benjamin, who reminded him of Rachel and Joseph.

Got worse and lasted

In verse 36 Israel accuses these nine sons of causing the loss of Joseph and Simeon. Whether he knew the truth of what happened to Joseph, we don’t know, but I believe that in his heart he knew.  Israel felt heavy distress and probably hoped for the famine to be gone soon. The famine however got worse and lasted.

Question to consider

  1. When believing in Jesus, do you think we have an inner feeling about what is the truth?
  2. When do you seek and believe God the most, in bad times or in good times?

Jacob sends 10 of his sons to Egypt for food, Joseph puts Simeon in prison and sends the rest back to their father in Hebron. From Genesis 42:1-28 commented by ASV and questions

שלום חברי

רוח הקודש

Three weeks

Now there were no food anywhere but in Egypt, and Israel heard of it and sent ten of his sons there for food. From where Israel stayed with his camp, probably in Hebron and to where Joseph stayed, most likely in Memphis, it is about 400 kilometers. It would have taken them about three weeks to reach Memphis with their donkeys.

Killers, murders and liars

When they came, Joseph tested them to find out if they had changed from their evil ways, what had they learned, how they thought in their heart. Joseph accused his half-brothers of being spies, they were of course no spies, but much worse, they were killers, murders and liars filled with hate and envy. However, in their own eyes they were honest people, “But they said to him, “No, my lord, for your servants have come to buy food. We are all the sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies

Three days

Joseph needed to know if they had changed and put them in prison for three days, probably without food or water, and most likely, they considered the possibility of execution for spying out the country. Joseph would have them feel what he went through when they threw him into the pit with no food or water fearing for his life, this might also have been for three days. 

Benjamin

When Joseph met them after those three days in prison, he told his terrified brothers a way to stay alive. “Do this and live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in prison; but as for you, go, carry grain for the famine in your households, but bring your youngest brother to me, so your words will be verified and you will not die.” Joseph also needed to know how they valued his brother Benjamin.

We are guilty

They were terrified but in remorse and had an interesting conversation between them, “And they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty regarding our brother, because we saw the distress and anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; so this distress and anguish has come on us.” Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now the accounting for his blood is required.” 

Rueben opposed

His brothers talked in front of Joseph, not knowing that he understood every word they spoke, and it gave Joseph vital information. First, they believed in God behind what happened and felt what Joseph went through when they planned to kill him, and then sold him as a slave. Joseph also learned that Rueben opposed what they did to him.

Why Simeon

They agreed and Joseph confined Simeon in prison until they would come back with their youngest brother. Why Simeon, he led the operation when they sold Joseph, being the oldest when Rueben not present. Then they loaded the grain on their donkeys and begun their three weeks journey north to Hebron. When lodging one of them opened his sack and found the silver on top, “And he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned! Here it is in my sack!” And their hearts sank, and they were afraid and turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us

The severity

Now the ten brothers of Joseph realized that God controlled their destiny and that now was payback time, they could face the accusation of having stolen their money, they trembled of fear and realized the severity of what they had done to Joseph, about 24 years ago, the time does not make God forget.

Repent

What if you have done someone wrong, what to do? Jesus died for your sins, does he accept that you hurt or molest people, no, you have no license to sin, and that is not what Jesus gave you, suffering for you on the cross. What he did was forgiving you being a sinner, He changed your heart, your spirit that is your center, but he didn’t change your mind, your way of thinking. That’s the reason Jesus says we must repent, change your environment that influences your reasoning.

Five senses

Stop receiving ideas from the devil and begin your travel in the powerful Words of God. The gate is strait and the path narrow, to change your mind takes time, patience, effort and faith. It is an everyday crucifying of your flesh with its five senses, it is heavy in the beginning, however when the mind starts working properly according the Words of Jesus, the body surrender and the life gets better in the glory of God.

Questions

  1. What decides how you treat others?
  2. When being saved, what has changed?
  3. Is it easy to forgive?

Some distance from Ephrath Rachel gives birth to Benjamin and dies, Ruben sleeps with Bilhah, from Genesis 35:13-22, commented by ASV and questions

Rachel dies

When all this happened with Shechem and Dinah, Simeon and Levi killing every male in the city of Shechem, looting the city and taking all the people left there with them. When they run away from the tribes of Canaan in fear, Rachel was pregnant, and this havoc could of course have affected her pregnancy. The huge caravan passed the cite where later Jerusalem would be built and when approaching Ephrath, that is Bethlehem, Rachel gives birth to a son after having a hard labor and she names him Ben-oni, meaning son of my sorrow, then she dies.

Ben-oni is renamed Benjamin

Israel renames his newborn son, Benjamin, the son of my right hand, and on Rachel’s grave; he sets up a pillar of stone. In Bethel Israel built an Alter, and where God met him there, he set a pillar and once again named it Bethel, the house of God. Now when Rachel dies, Israel sets up another pillar. Israel is marking the land his descendants later will conquer.

Ruben sleeps with Jacobs concubine Bilhah

Israel camped outside Ephrath for a while, and there Ruben slept with Israel’s concubine Bilhah, Rachel’s maid, and all which the Bible is commenting is that Israel heard about it. However, we can sense a problem here, Israel’s oldest sons were adults, grown up men ready to marry, however they could not marry pagans with their belief in foreign gods and foreign rites. Israel as we have seen didn’t rule his family as he should, he didn’t look after Dinah properly and he probably didn’t handle his grown-up sons with authority either, causing that Ruben slept with his concubine Bilhah.

Questions

  1. Are you depending on the blessings from God?
  2. Are you blessed, in what “room” are you Blessed?
  3. Where in the Bible do you find Gods promise about your blessing?