In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Because Jefferson trusted
that students would take their studies seriously, the code of discipline was lax. Unfortunately, his
trust proved misplaced when the misbehavior of students led to a riot in which pr … More
Joseph had still another test for his brothers. He had his servant fill up their sacks with grain and again put their money back in the sacks (v. 1). Then he had him put his silver cup in Benjamin’s sack (v. 2). The next morning the eleven men left to return to their father with the grain (v. 3).
1. The Conspiracy (vv. 1-3).
2. The Confrontation (vv. 4-17).
They had gone only a short distance when they were arrested (at Joseph’s command) and accused of stealing his silver cup (vv. 4-6). They quickly deny this charge and agree to serve as slaves if any stolen loot can be found on them. They searched every sack beginning with Reuben’s (the oldest)and ending with Benjamin’s where the cup was found (vv. 7-12). Then the brothers tore their clothes as people did in those days to show sorrow and sadness (v. 13). They were all brought back to stand before Joseph who was srill at home (v. 14). They bowed down before him and he asked them what they had done (v. 15). Judah replied, “Sir what can we say and how can we prove we are innocent” (v. 16)? Joseph said that he did not plan to punish all of them but only the man with whom the cup was found shall be my servant and the rest of you may return to your father (v. 17).
By placing the cup in Benjamin’s sack Joseph had deliberately created a situation where if they wanted they could seize an opportunity to get rid of him. He wanted to see if their hearts had been changed. There is no record that they blamed Benjamin for getting them into trouble. They did not even scold him.
How would I pass the test if I was accused of something I didn’t do? Would I look for a way I could pass the blame on to someone else or would I try to help everyone involved?
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Genesis 41:1-13Pharaoh’s Dream
Genesis 41:14-24Pharaoh Tells Joseph His Dream
Genesis 41:25-36Joseph Interprets Pharoah’s Dreams
Genesis 41:37-49Joseph Rises to Power
Genesis 41:50-57Joseph Put in Charge of The Store Houses
Genesis 42:1-17Joseph Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Grain
Genesis 42:18-38The Brothers Return Home to Jacob
Genesis 43:1-15The Brothers Preparing to Return to Egypt
Genesis 43:16-34The Brothers Bring Benjamin to Joseph
Genesis 44:1-17Joseph Tests His Brothers With a Silver Cup
Genesis 44:18-34Judah’s Plea For Benjamin
Genesis 45:1-15Joseph Reveals His Identity
Genesis 45:16-28The Brothers Return For Jacob
Genesis 46:1-34Joseph Takes His Family to Egypt
Genesis 47:1-31Joseph’s Family Settles in Goshen