Week #7; Wed, 02/14/18: Genesis 43:1-50:26
Genesis 43 reveals Benjamin returns to Egypt with his brothers to buy food with the approval of Israel. They took money that was returned to them and doubled it thinking what was returned was an oversight. Upon arrival, Joseph prepared dinner in his house for his brothers at noon. The brothers were fearful of Joseph and returned the money that was placed in their sacks when they left Egypt to bring back Benjamin. Joseph inquired of the health of his father.
Genesis 44 shows that Joseph, as a test, had his silver cup placed in the sack of Benjamin with his money for the grain that they bought. Joseph’s servants were instructed to chase after his brothers and locate the silver cup and accuse them of doing evil. When they overtook them, they required his brothers to reveal what was in their sacks and hold anyone with the cup accountable by becoming his servant. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Judah pleads with Joseph to let Benjamin return to his father and for Judah to become Joseph’s servant instead of Benjamin. Judah reveals his pledge to his father regarding the safety of Benjamin and emphasizes the risk to his fathers health if Benjamin does not return to Canaan with his brothers.
Genesis 45 states that Joseph is overcome with emotion for his brothers and he made himself known to his brothers. He explained how God sent him to Egypt ahead of them to preserve life and to preserve a remnant on earth with many survivors. Joseph sent his brothers for his father Jacob to come to Egypt and dwell in the fertile land of Goshen. When Pharaoh learned this he was pleased and promised the best of all the land of Egypt for Jacob and his family. Israel decided to go and see Joseph in Egypt when he saw his sons at their return. He could not believe Joseph was still alive and in charge of all of Egypt and its resources.
Genesis 46 records how Israel offered sacrifices to God at Beersheba and God spoke to Israel in visions of the night saying, “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.
Genesis 47 describes Jacob’s settlement in Goshen from the land of Canaan. Joseph went in and told Pharaoh who told Joseph to settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land; in Goshen, the land of Rameses. Jacob was 130 years old when he and his family arrived in Egypt. The famine was very severe and the land languished. Joseph obtained for Pharaoh all of the money, livestock, and land from the Egyptians in exchange for food. The people became servants of Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests was not sold to Pharaoh and they lived on a fixed allowance. Jacob and his family lived in Egypt for 17 years before he died. He made Joseph promise not to bury him in Egypt, but with his fathers.
Genesis 48 reveals that Israel claimed Ephraim and Manasseh as his sons and blessed them to carry on his name and the name of his fathers Abraham and Isaac, that they may grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
Genesis 49 records that Jacob called all of his twelve sons together to tell them what shall happen to them in the days to come. Jacob dies and is buried in Canaan with Leah his wife in the field of Machpelah, to the east of Mamre.
Genesis 50 is scheduled for “Week 8” however, it should be covered with this reading as it is the close of Genesis. So, after Joseph buried his father Jacob, he returned to Egypt with his brothers. Joseph then comforted his brothers who were afraid that he would retaliate toward them because they did evil to him. But, Joseph wept when they spoke to them. He told them not to fear and explained that God’s purpose was fulfilled through what they did (Joseph’s dreams pertain). Joseph lived 110 years and died in Egypt where he was embalmed and buried. He told his sons, including Ephraim and Manasseh, to swear to carry up his bones from there to the land that God swore to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob; the land of Canaan.