Genesis 49

Genesis 49 Jacob, on his deathbed, gathered his 12 sons together to “bless” them.  I use quotes here, because some of the blessings didn’t seem like something you would want put upon you. Now, remember, these are the sons who wanted to kill one of their brothers and lie to their father about it, so maybe …

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Genesis 45

Genesis 45 Joseph’s big reveal. After hearing Judah’s sob story about his father, Joseph can’t contain himself any longer and tells them who he is.  He tells them his slavery was all part of Gods plan to save the people of Egypt from the famine. He tells his brothers to go get their father and they …

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Genesis 44

Genesis 44 Joseph continues to play this prank on his brothers, but now it takes a cruel bend. He has his steward hide his silver cup (also used for divination) in Benjamin’s sack before they leave, then chase them down and accuse them of stealing it. They are all afraid that they will now become slaves. …

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Genesis 43

Genesis 43 Again with the switching of the names!  They are referring to Jacob as Israel again for not good reason. Israel didn’t send anyone back for Simeon, but they eventually ran out of food. Judah promised to take care of Benjamin and Israel told them to bring all sorts of gifts and even extra money …

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Genesis 42

Genesis 42 Here it comes.  The whole build-up was for this. Back down on the farm, the famine was starting to hurt Jacob’s household. He sent 10 of the brothers to Egypt to buy grain, but kept the youngest, Benjamin, who was Joseph’s brother (I assume by the same mother, since they are all brothers by …

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