God Meant it Unto Good — Joseph, part five

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:20 KJV

from Genesis 44

When it came time for their departure, Joseph commanded that the brothers’ sacks should be filled–with food and their money, too. But he had his steward put his silver cup into the sack of Benjamin, because he wanted to further test their integrity and what they would do.

At first light of day, the men were sent away with their donkeys and had just gone out of the city, when Joseph sent his steward in pursuit. He told them that Joseph’s silver cup had been stolen; and he needed to search their bags–to find out which of them had taken it as loot.

“Far be it from your servants to do such a thing,” they told him, and again restated their honesty and integrity in coming to Pharaoh’s land. So they lowered their sacks to show their innocence, but were shocked when the cup was found in Benjamin’s, which they couldn’t understand.

So distraught were they, knowing that this would kill their father, that they tore their clothes in despair before returning to the city. Upon arrival again at Joseph’s house, they fell to the ground before him; and Joseph began to accuse them, without showing them any pity.

Then Judah approached Joseph, who was threatening to take Benjamin as his slave and let the others go back to their father in peace. Judah explained, in desperation, the entire story regarding their brother, Benjamin–and his brother, Joseph–who, he said, was deceased.

Repeatedly, he emphasized that he had promised his aged father that his youngest son would be protected and brought back to him for sure. So Joseph saw their sincerity and how his brothers had changed. They showed remorse for their jealousy and motives that were pure.

P. A. Oltrogge

Judah even offered himself as a substitute for punishment so that Benjamin could be free to return to his father. Many years later, Judah’s descendant, Jesus Christ, offered himself as a substitute for our punishment so that we could be free to return to relationship with our heavenly Father.

The story of Joseph will be continued in the next post.

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