The tension that has been building since Joseph's brothers first came to Egypt is released as he reveals who he is! They are frightened, but need not be: Joseph sees God's sovereign hand at work, preserving a nation, and restoring a family. This is what God can do!
Twenty years after being sold by his brothers, Joseph is ruling Egypt. Not knowing it is him, they stand before him in need of food. Have their hearts changed? The tension reaches a fever pitch as Joseph instigates a test to determine if their spiritual transformation is real.
Do not be afraid or discouraged. The battle is not yours, but God's. 2 Chronicles 20:15 The story of Jehoshaphat's lesson for us.
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This is a time to reflect thanksgiving and praise to God and each other.
The famine forces Joseph's brothers back to Egypt for a second time. God awakened their guilt the first trip; now, spiritual transformation is exhibited in selfless behavior. The wintry chill of guilt melts into the spring of concern for others, confession, and peace.
The Awakening of Conscience - Hunger is a great motivator, and in Genesis 42, God uses it to draw Joseph's brothers to Egypt. There, God uses Joseph to expose their spiritual guilt. Admitting their sin was the first step in transforming this dysfunctional family into a godly nation.
Living as a Christian in the world can feel like a fish out of water! We are aliens and strangers, but greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! God is preparing us for service in a hostile environment, we just don't know how or when. So be ready!