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Joseph meets his brothers

Joseph's brothers kneel before Joseph.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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There was a terrible famine. So Jacob said to his sons ‘Why are you staring at one another? Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die.’ Genesis 42:1b-2 (NASB) – Slide 1
The sons of Israel went to Egypt to buy grain. Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. Genesis 42:6 (NASB) – Slide 2
But Joseph had recognised his brothers, although they did not recognise him. Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, ‘You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land.’ Genesis 42:8-9 (NASB) – Slide 3
Then they said to him, ‘No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies ... Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive.’ Genesis 42:10-11 & 13b (NASB) – Slide 4
Before Joseph sold them the grain, he decided to test his brothers. He talked sternly to them and repeatedly accused them of being spies. Then for three days he put them in prison. Meanwhile he prepared the food they wanted to purchase. Genesis 42:14-17 (NASB) – Slide 5
Joseph said, ‘Do this and live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households, and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.’ Genesis 42:18b-20a (NASB) – Slide 6
Then they said to one another, ‘Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.’ Genesis 42:21 (NASB) They did not realize Joseph understood what they said and he turned away and wept. Before they left Joseph put Simeon back in jail. – Slide 7
As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. Then he said to his brothers, ‘My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.’ They all trembled in fear. Genesis 42:27-28a (NASB) – Slide 8
When they got home they told their father of the struggles they had to get grain. And that the Egyptian wanted them to return with Benjamin. Jacob said, ‘You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.’ Genesis 42:36 (NASB) – Slide 9
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