Not much happened in the last chapter. Joseph’s brothers returned to Egypt with the youngest brother. They all sat down to eat a meal. That’s about it. Here’s hoping for some more excitement in Chapter 44.
“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. 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.” – Genesis 44:1-2
Will this go as the last time when Joseph did this and later claimed God put the silver in the bags?
“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? Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.’” – Genesis 44:4-5
Wow! Didn’t see that coming. Another lesson in biblical morality? Where is God? Nowhere to be found.
“’Very well, then,’ he said, ‘let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.’ – Genesis 44:10
And the lesson to be learned here? Check your bags BEFORE leaving just in case someone sneaks something to later accuse you of thievery!!!
“’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.’” – Genesis 44:16
No…God didn’t uncover any sins. God, conveniently, remained silent.
“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.’” – Genesis 44:17
How nice of Joseph! Only one of the brothers will be a slave! Joseph is such a kind and caring individual.
“’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. 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.’” – Genesis 44:33-34
Judah realizes that not returning to his father without the youngest brother will cause his father emotional pain and quite possibly kill him. Judah begs for a different scenario.
That concludes Genesis 44. Much more interesting than Genesis 43. Joseph has an agenda that is not fully developed yet, but to push forward his agenda, he turns to trickery. What will Chapter 45 bring us?
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 45: Joseph Makes Himself Known