For Good : Part 2

  You try to recompose yourself the best that you can, put on a straight face, and head back out to see your brothers. Then you have Simeon, your second oldest brother, bound right before their eyes, and put into prison until their return. You command your servants to fill their sacks with grain, and to put all their money into their sacks. Then you send them back home.

 There are a million thoughts rushing through your mind, and you wonder if you did the right thing. But you needed to know. You needed to know if your brothers had changed. So you get back to your tasks at hand, awaiting the return of your brothers.

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 It takes longer than you expected, but at last, you see your brothers coming. Eagerly, you look among them, searching for the face of your youngest brother. You can hardly contain your excitement when you see him, and command your servants to prepare a feast.

 Your brothers are brought into your house at noon, just in time for the feasting to begin. But your brothers look troubled.

 “Oh sir,” they begin, “we came the first time to buy food. But when we came to the inn during our journey back home, and opened our sacks, we found all of our money inside. Every single bit of it. We have no idea who put it there! But we have brought back every last bit of it.”

 “Peace be to you,” you answer them. “Fear not. Your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money.”

 And so you bring your brothers into your house, giving them water, and having your servants wash their feet and care for their animals.

 You can hardly contain yourself any longer, so you burst out with the question that has been on your heart ever since you were sold into slavery.

 “Is your father well? The old man who you told me about? Is he still alive?”

 And your brothers answer,” Yes. He is in good health. He’s still alive.”

 And then your eyes fall on your brother, Benjamin. You are overjoyed to be able to see him again. You long to run up and embrace him right then. But not yet. You must wait a little while longer.

 But it is too much. Quickly, you hurry into your chamber, before they can see the tears spilling that you were trying so hard to hold back. 

 After a little bit of time, but one that feels like an eternity, you get up and start to wash your tear stained face. Then, refraining yourself yet again, you go out among your brothers, and command the servants, saying, “Set out the bread.”

 And so you feast with your brothers. It is a wonderful time, and it almost reminds you of when you were back in Hebron, as a little boy. Times seemed so easy back then, with your mother, with your brothers, with your father. Just the thought of him makes you yearn to see him even more.

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 Quietly, you beckon your steward to come to you. “Go, and fill all of their sacks with grain, as much as they can possibly carry. And put their money into their sacks.”

 He starts to turn away to fulfill your command.

 “But wait,” you say. “Put my cup, my silver cup into the sack belonging to the youngest brother.”

 He looks questioningly at you, but then turns to go do as you said.

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 When morning is come, you send your brothers away with all of their food and animals, and bid them farewell. You watch them longingly as they begin their journey back home. As they leave the city, and begin to travel farther off, you call your steward to you.

 “Get up, and go follow them.” you tell him. “And when you overtake them, say, ‘Why have you rewarded good with evil? Why have you taken my master’s cup? This is an evil act.’ ” And you send him off.

 You watch as your steward rides off, the scene playing out in your mind. Your steward accusing them. Their confused faces. Their utter amazement at the cup being found in Benjamin’s sack. Hesitantly following your steward back to your home.

 You silently wonder if your plan will work.

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 Your steward leads your brothers into the main room of your home. Their faces are even more bewildered and worried than you imagined them. When they see you, they fall down on their faces in front of you.

 “Why have you done this?” you ask.

 Judah stepps forward, and starts to speak.

 “What can we say to you, my lord? How can we clear ourselves? We are your servants.”

 “God forbid that I should do this,” you begin, “but the man in whose sack the cup was found, he will be my servant. As for the rest of you, get up in peace and go back to your father.”

 Judah speaks yet again. “Let me speak a word to you, my lord, and don’t be angry with your servant. When we came, you asked us if we had a father, and a brother, and we answered you. Then you said, that unless we bring our brother to you, we would not be able to come back before you. So we brought him.

 “We told you that our father loves the boy, and that his life is bound up in his life. So if we don’t bring him back to my father, truly, my father will die.

 “Before we left, I promised my father, saying, ‘If I don’t bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame forever.’ So now, how can I go back without my brother, and watch my father die of sorrow? Please, let me stay and be your servant instead. Only let Benjamin go back with my brothers to our father.”

 As you watch Judah plea for Benjamin, your question is answered. Your brothers have changed. The tears of joy begin to well up inside, and you can hold them back no longer. You command all of your servants to leave you with your brothers. When you are left alone, you begin to weep.

 “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?”

 Your brothers stare at you, speechless.

 “Come, come closer to me. I am Joseph, your brother who you sold into slavery. Now, don’t be grieved, or angry with yourselves, God was the one who sent me here, to preserve life.”

 And then, you finally embrace Benjamin, and you both weep tears of joy. You gather all of your brothers together, and hug each of them. You can hardly believe that this moment has come. The joy and love just wells up inside of you. All those years of pain and hardship, now leading up to this. You have forgiven your brothers, and are now reunited with them. They are truly different men.

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 Many years later, your brothers approach you and say, “Please forgive us, for we did evil to you. Forgive the sin of the servants of the God of your father!” Then they fall down before your face and say, “We are you your servants.”

 You think back on all the events of the many past years. The good and the bad, and how God used all of it to bring you to where you are now. You look at your brothers, your eyes filled with love.

 “Don’t be afraid, for am I in the place of God? You meant all this for evil against me, but God meant it for good. He used it to save the lives of many people! Now, don’t fear, I will nourish you and your children.”

  And you pull them all in to a big hug, your heart overflowing with joy and thankfulness to God.

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 And so ends this incredible story of forgiveness, and trusting God. But what can we learn from this? How can we apply this to our lives? Well, this post is already extremely long, so I guess there will be a part 3 sometime soon! 😀 (And hopefully this time, it won’t be quite so long in coming… 😉) I hope you all have a wonderful week! 😄

 “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Habakkuk 2:14

💖Always in Christ, 

     Sierra

4 thoughts on “For Good : Part 2

  1. This is beautiful! I have always admired Joseph’s story, full of ups and downs, pain and joy, forgiveness and loss, but He trusted God through it all! (This year’s Bible Bee is based off His story with a theme of trust!) Thank you for this beautiful post! You are always such an encouragement and inspiration to me! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Rae! ❤ Yes, Joseph story is truly such an incredible one, and an amazing example of trusting God’s plan and promises! Studying this through Bible Bee has been such a blessing, and I’ve enjoyed it so much!

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