Genesis 43:27 – 44:5
27 And he asked about their welfare and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”
28 They said, “Your servant our father is alright; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.
29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be kind to you, my son!”
30 Then Joseph hurried out, for his emotion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to cry. And he entered his chamber and cried there.
31 Then he washed his face and came out. And after controlling himself he said, “Serve the food.”
32 They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an repugnance to the Egyptians.
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth. And the men looked at one another in shock.
34 Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were cheerful with him.
44:1 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “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,
2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph commanded him.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away with their donkeys.
4 They had gone only a short distance from the city. Then Joseph said to his steward, “Get up, follow after the men, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?
5 Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil by doing this.'”
facing challenging moments
The brothers returned to Egypt with Benjamin, not knowing whether they would live or die – since the money they had given the governor before had been secretly put back into their bags. Zaphenath-paneah had ordered that they go to a feast at his home. Simeon is returned to them. Joseph comes and questions them, and has to leave their presence because it is hard for him to control his emotions. He must maintain the secret long enough to test his brothers once more. His servant knows that it is his God and the God of his father who is behind these events.
LORD, when we face life’s challenging moments, may we do so with the confidence that you are in sovereign control of both today’s events and tomorrow’s destiny.