Today's Reading: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12
So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on the ground. And Joseph said to them, "What deed is this you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?" Then
What kind of response do you think Joseph was looking for? He placed his cup into the pouch of his brother, Benjamin (the only brother that had the same mother). Did Joseph want to reveal his identity to Benjamin alone or was he testing the hearts of the brothers to see if they had changed after all of these years? Both Joseph and Benjamin were their father’s favorite children because they were born by the mother Jacob loved most. Favoritism does bring about jealousy, resentment and bitterness but the brothers were still responsible for their own behavior before God. After all these years, Joseph probably wondered what his other brothers thought of their actions in selling him. Did they regret it? Would they do it again? Were they treating Benjamin the same way?
Now, God has given Joseph the upper hand and patiently and wisely tested them to discern what was in their hearts.
What goes around, comes around… We truly do reap what we sow and these boys knew it first hand. God is willing to forgive and we find Joseph acting like the God he trusts in.
I pray that we all may have the heart of both types of men:
Joseph---being willing to forgive
The brothers—being willing to openly and honestly confess and repent for wrongdoings against God and others.
God tests our hearts because He wants us to know what is in them. He is so gracious to forgive if we are willing to confess.
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