Genesis 42

March 15, 2017

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March 15, 2017: Genesis 42

The famine reaches as far as Canaan, and Jacob sends his ten oldest sons down to Egypt to purchase grain. The ten sons come before their brother Joseph, who is distributing grain, and they bow down to him not knowing who he is. Joseph declares them to be spies, and the brothers discuss among themselves that this evil they are experiencing must be because of what they had done to their brother Joseph. Eventually, Joseph allows the brothers to purchase grain, but keeps Simeon as a hostage, requiring that the brothers bring their youngest brother Benjamin (Joseph's only full brother) down to Egypt. As the brothers return to Canaan, they discover the money they had used to pay for the grain still in their sacks. Their father Jacob is completely against allowing Benjamin to go down to Egypt whatsoever.

Question to consider:

* We have seen a pattern of duplicitous actions taken by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph’s brothers. Is there anything about Joseph’s deception that is different than the deceptions of his relatives?
* What can you tell of Reuben’s character at this point in his life, from his interactions with his brothers, and his father?

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