Genesis 43 : Joseph’s brothers return

July 13, 2023 ·

Summary:
Jacob and his sons run out of food again, so Jacob sends his sons back to Egypt to get food. The sons are unwilling to face ‘the governor of Egypt’ again without Benjamin, but Jacob does not want to let Benjamin go. Eventually, Jacob allows Benjamin to go. They take double silver and gifts with them because they don’t want to get punished for having silver in their grain sacks last time.

When they arrive in Egypt, Joseph sees Benjamin and organizes a grand feast for all of them at his house. He ensures Jacob’s well-being, becomes emotional (though he hides it), and they enjoy a lavish feast together.

Key verse:
23. He replied, “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

My thoughts:
This chapter, much like the previous one, we find a continuation of Joseph’s manipulation of his brothers. His dream of seeing his eleven brothers bow before him comes true in this chapter.

Joseph puts his brothers to the test once again, pushing their loyalty and integrity to the limit. Despite initial hesitation, Jacob allows Benjamin to accompany his brothers to Egypt in search of food.

Upon their arrival, Joseph is deeply moved at the sight of Benjamin, though he conceals his true identity. He ensures their father, Jacob, is well-cared for and orchestrates a grand feast to signify reconciliation.

Throughout this chapter, we witness Joseph’s complex character unfold as he balances seeking justice and yearning for family connection. His actions serve to reveal his brothers’ intentions and gauge their growth.

The story progresses with anticipation, as we await the culmination of Joseph’s plans and the potential for a long-awaited reunion of all twelve sons.

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