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The famine continued and Jacob’s family needed more grain. Jacob said to his sons “You must go to Egypt again and buy us some more food” (v.2). His sons replied, “We cannot go unless you will let Benjamin go with us.” Jacob then scolded them (v.6) for telling the man they had a brother. Their reply was: “The man asked us if we had any other brothers and we just told him the truth” (v. 7).
Judah, one of the brothers, said, “Let me be responsible for him and guarantee his safe return.” It is interesting to note that Judah was the one who had come up with the plan to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt (Genesis 37:26-27). Now he had to negotiate with his father in order to get Benjamin to see Joseph. Reluctantly Jacob consented to let Benjamin go.
1. The sanity of Judah’s pledge (vv. 1-8).
2. The sincerity of Judah’s pledge (vv. 9-10).
3. The success of Judah’s pledge (vv. 11-15)
Jacob suggested that they take some things to the man as a gift. They fixed up a parcel of honey, spices and nuts. Apparently these delicacies were not available in Egypt. They also took double the amount of silver so they would be able to return what they had found in their money pouches before. Then they started again for Egypt (v. 15).
When people have been involved in scheming and lying it is very difficult for someone to trust them when they do tell the truth. I want to be a person whom people will trust because I have always been truthful and carried out my promises?
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Genesis 40:1-8Pharaoh’s Two Servant’s in Prison
Genesis 40:9-23Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners Dreams
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