Genesis Chapter 43 Discussion



 
  • David on Genesis 43
    When dealing with estranged family members we must first deal within ourselves. Joseph realized that everything he was going through was allowed by GOD in some fashion or another. He most of all wanted to be reunited with his family on good terms. He tested them and saw that they had indeed changed in their attitude and demeanor.

    The biggest test is actually in ourselves. The LORD commands us to forgive even if the other side does not receive it. Our prayers for them must be genuine and deep for their success. It will not be easy, nor be quickly corrected; but it will bring comfort in CHRIST and peace through the LORD.

    If we cannot reconcile within our own families and friends, how can we hope to do GOD'S work with those in need of reconciliation or salvation in the LORD.

    Let's us pray fervently and diligently for ourselves, our leaders, and even unto those who use us or treat us spitefully.

    May the LORD GOD be praised in us and hear our cries and attend to them. GOD bless everyone on this forum.

    September 10, 2022
  • GiGi on Genesis 43
    So, the family of Jacob did run out of grain, like I previously wondered in my post on Ch. 42. They needed more grain to make bread. Jacob new the terms of returning to Egypt for more grain. He did not want to send Benjamin, but the family needed the grain sorely. Jacob also wanted to have Simeon back from Egypt. After discussing this with his sons, Jacob agreed to send Benjamin back with the other sons. He wanted them to return the money from the first trip and wanted to pay double the price for the grain as before. He also put together a gift of foodstuffs from Canaan. I'm guessing that Egypt did not grow these foods. Jacob knew how to be diplomatic. Pretty sure others have treated him this way when making a deal.

    I find it interesting that Jacob was eventually resolved to accept what happens when he said that, "And may Almighty God give you mercy before the man, that he may release your brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved." Jacob was leaving the situation into God's hands. He knew he must send Benjamin.

    In Egypt, the brothers are asked to dine with Joseph. Joseph was a governor, a high official. I wonder if the brothers thought it odd for the governor to be so interested in them. But they needed to meet with him to return the money and show Joseph that Benjamin had come with them. Joseph was very moved when he saw Benjamin. It had been over two decades since saw him last. I assume that they were very close growing up, having the same mother.

    The brothers noticed when Joseph assigned the seats to the brothers in birth order. And they noticed when Benjamin's serving was 5 times what the other brothers' was. Yet they did not suspect that the governor was Joseph at all.

    It appears that they let down their guard during the meal as it says that they drank and were merry with Joseph.

    Perhaps, from what they had seen, the brothers may have believed that, indeed, God was being merciful to them.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Genesis 43
    I believe Egypt traded with the surrounding people. That's how Joseph ended up in Egypt. He was sold by his brothers to traders going down into Egypt. And why Abrahams sons went down to Egypt.
  • BSP on Genesis 43
    Verse 27~Joseph still had deep love and concern for his father even though he had been away from him for many years. We want to continue to show concern and love for our parents.
  • BSP on Genesis 43
    Verse 30: When our emotions seem to be getting the best of us in a situation, it may be best to take our leave and regain our composure.
  • Elizabeth on Genesis 43
    In many times we go away from the presence of God yet when are being attached that's when we normally remember that there is a God who takes good care of us. when we read the story of the prodigal son this is also in line with what happened to the brothers of Joseph. and what i can encourage is lets not forget our creator who created us in his own image who takes good care us.
  • Dewey J on Genesis 43
    Aamer, though Jacob had only 12 sons Abraham was the first to be called a Hebrew in the land of and near Canaan. But that is not the origin of the word. One can trace the word back to people speaking the Semitic language especially the Hebrew and Arabic people. Also, there 's no evidence that Abraham was a Catholic since the Catholic church came to be acknowledged in the second century after the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during the remaining Roman Empire. God bless us all and also in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Aamer on Genesis 43
    How did the Egyptians know about Hebrews when Jacob had only 12 sons? They had an interpreter for Joseph, and culturally in was not lawful for an Egyptian to eat with a Hebrew. How could this be, if they really were not a major people but a large Catholic family at this point in time?
  • Stephen on Genesis 43:17
    Slaughter and animal and we feast. Reminds me of the Prodigal Son. Was this about sinners returning to God or and the Jews being reconciled to him through Christ?
  • Joseph on Genesis 43
    There was enough evidence that the brothers of Joseph had changed from their wickedness by speaking the truth as regards the money that was mysteriously 'returned ' to them, and taken back to Joseph when they went the second time. Restitution is not a common thing nowadays due to economic challenges but as Christians we must restore back to the owners anything that is not ours in our possession. May God help us never to walk ahead of Him but to follow His footsteps in Jesus Name
  • Freddie on Genesis 43
    God is in control of all of our lives in him we live,move and have our being.
  • C.francis on Genesis 43
    do we know there is a famine in the land or how long it will last God wants us to come to HIM only some of us will not go much less stay unless we have a silver cup
  • Justus Idiama Otiang'a on Genesis 43
    We Never Test The Resources of God until We Attempt The Impossible. Heb 11:1. For You to be Abetter You, You must go through what men narrow see and say it is Impossible.
  • Pamela on Genesis 43:28
    I think it is saying that the father had become of old age and is still living meaning that he is a strong man who believes in God
  • Anonymous on Genesis 43
    WILL WE TRUST GOD WHEN OUR BACK IS UP AGAINST THE WALL AND FEEL LIKE ALL HOPE IS GONE? LETS BE TRUTHFUL CAUSE WE NEED TOO TRUST GOD IN ALL SITUATIONS. OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL
  • RALPH WATERS on Genesis 43
    IN THIS CHAPTER WE SEE HOW ISRAEL WAS PRESSURED TO LET HIS YOUNGEST GO TO EGYPT.

    THIS SHOWS SOMETIMES WHEN OUR BACKS ARE UP AGAINST THE WALL WE STEP OUT IN FEAR.

    LETS START PRACTICING TO STEP OUT IN FAITH AND COURAGE.


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