A Silver Cup in a Sack
Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. 2 Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.
3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.4 They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? 5 Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.’”
6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them. 7 But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that! 8 We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 9 If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.”
10 “Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have itwill become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.”
11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.12 Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him. 15 Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?”
16 “What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.”
17 But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”
18 Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 19 My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20 And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’
21 “Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’ 22 And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’ 23 But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’24 When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lordhad said.
25 “Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’ 26 But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’
27 “Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 28 One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since. 29 If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’
30 “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life,31 sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. 32 Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’
33 “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
Joseph set a trap to test his brothers sincerity. This morning Pastor Jose said there’s two things that he wanted us to do this morning:
1) See God through Joseph
2) See ourselves through Jesus brothers.
I mentioned this AM that the servant must have a dozen questions floating around in his brain as Joseph tells him to put money back again into the grain sacks of these men.. Now he’s setting them up by placing Joseph’s silver cup in there. Then go get them and accuse them of stealing? I have often said I’m not sure what I am supposed to be learning from this but.. God is not afraid of our questions and concern. When you’re reading Genesis for the first time we all have a lot of questions right… What is going on?
Pastor Jose reminded us this morning. S.O. A. P.
1) Read the scripture what is it saying? Who what where when and how.
2) What is it saying about God because everything in the Bible points to God. Observe.
3) What is it saying about me? How do I see myself in this story? Application.
4) How can I apply this to my life and how can this help me? Pray about it and allow God the Holy Spirit to guide you.
We see the brothers take a 180 turn in the story from being completely selfish and thinking about themselves to having true concern for their father and wanting to make sure the Benjamin returned to him safely. Judah steps up. He takes control and he fesses up and tells the story to Joseph. They don’t just leave the youngest one alone to deal with it. They all go back.
Judah takes the initiative and talks to Joseph. Not only that he offers to be held in place of Benjamin and is genuinely concerned for his father Jacob. A complete change of heart towards family since the time he sold Joseph as a slave.
Judah relaying the story please let me speak and don’t be angry with me. Isn’t that what we do when we go to God when deal with our guilt and our sin? This is what happened please don’t be mad at me and please forgive me. We all fall short not one of us is free from sin. We all have to deal with it, confess it and clear our conscience. It gives us peace.
Can you imagine the look on Joseph’s face when he finds out that his father thinks he’s been eaten by a wild animal? I can see emotions welling up in Joseph now. Find out how he reacts Monday.
In the meantime… what unconfessed sin do you have?
Pastor Jose said this morning and I just love this, “God sets us up to deal with the pain of our past to allow us to walk into the promise of our future.”
Get rid of it, deal with it and confess it and boldly walk into the future with God by your side.
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