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Joseph is reunited with his family

Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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The famine continued, so Israel told his sons to go back to Egypt and get more food. Judah said to his father Jacob, ‘Send Benjamin with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him.’ Genesis 43:8-9a (NASB) – Slide 1
The brothers, including Benjamin, returned to Joseph in Egypt. When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, ‘Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon.’ The brothers were afraid and told Joseph’s servant... Genesis 43:16 (NASB) – Slide 2
‘Oh, my lord, we indeed went down the first time to buy food, but when we came to the lodging place, and opened our sacks, behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back ...’ <br/>The servant replied, ‘Be at ease, do not be afraid...’ Genesis 43:20-21,23a (NASB) – Slide 3
The brothers were escorted into the room for the meal. Joseph entered. They bowed down in homage. As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, ‘Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?’ And he said, ‘May God be gracious to you, my son.’ Joseph quickly left them to find a private place to weep. Genesis 43:28b-29 (NASB) – Slide 4
Joseph ate away from his brothers. Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs.’ Genesis 43:33-34a (NASB) – Slide 5
Joseph commanded his house steward, saying, ‘Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.’ And he did as Joseph had told him.” Genesis 44:1b-2 (NASB) – Slide 6
Joseph said to his house steward, ‘Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, “Why have you repaid evil for good? Is not this the one from which my lord drinks ...? You have done wrong in doing this.’” Genesis 44:4b-5 (NASB) – Slide 7
When the steward caught up with them, and blamed them for stealing, they said: ‘Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house? With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves.’ Genesis 44:8-9 (NASB) – Slide 8
Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city. Genesis 44:11-13 (NASB) – Slide 9
Judah confessed to Joseph. ‘God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.’ <br/>But Joseph said, ‘Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.’ Genesis 44:16b-17 (NASB) – Slide 10
Judah pleaded with Joseph. ‘Now, therefore, please let your servant remain as a slave instead of the lad and let him return  with his brothers. For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me—for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?’ Genesis 44:33-34 (NASB) – Slide 11
Joseph could no longer control himself. In tears he revealed himself to his brothers. ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.’ Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. Genesis 45:4b-5,14 (NASB) – Slide 12
Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time. Then Jacob said to Joseph, ‘Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive.’ Genesis 46:29 (NASB) – Slide 13
Years later, Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.’ <br/>Then Joseph made his brothers swear, saying, ‘God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.’ Genesis 50:24-25 (NASB) – Slide 14
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