Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Genesis 43 "Joseph wants to see Benjamin"

Genesis 43: 1-3 "And the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. And Judah spake unto him, saying The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you."

The saga now continues in a touching story of two brothers seperated for 13 years and now Joseph is firm about Benjamin being brought on this their second journey to get food. Jacob is as firm that Benjamin is not going for fear something will happen to him. Joseph and Benjamin are the only two sons of Rachel, Jacob's first love who has died.

Finally, with food run out, Jacob agrees to let Benjamin go. He sent gifts and double the money Joseph had left in the sacks on the first trip. Joseph had them to a meal and inquired of their father. They dine and Benjamin is treated to 5 times the portion at the meal. Joseph is again overcome with emotion and must hid to weep.

Although, they are able to buy food of the Egyptains. There is a culture clash even at this early time.

Genesis 43:32 "And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

This verse may be the first mention of the term Hebrew. I cannot remember another in Genesis so far.
Another culture difference is found in another chapter which we have not yet come to. It is found in
Genesis 46:34 "That ye shall say Thy servants trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now both we and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians."

Proverbs 20:24 "Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?"

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