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I Am Joseph Your Brother

Joseph was almost finished in his plan to get his full-brother safely away from the other brothers (see Benjamin's Journey To Egypt). When they set off to return home with the grain that Joseph had sold to them, Joseph had his servant plant Joseph's silver cup in Benjamin's sack of grain, along with the money that Benjamin had used to pay for the grain (see Corn).

"44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 44:2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 44:3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. " (Genesis 44:1-3 KJV)

Joseph then had the servant arrest his brothers for possessing the cup and money. It was at that point, at the very least, Joseph's justification of keeping his brother Benjamin with him in Egypt.

"44:11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city." (Genesis 44:11-13 KJV)

"I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt"

Justice had now been served upon his treacherous brothers (see Joseph's Coat Of Jealousy). Joseph then revealed his identity to them - which hardly relieved his brothers of the fear that they were experiencing, "for they were troubled at his presence." They were face to face with the brother that they had unmercifully sold into slavery - and he now had the power to do anything to, or for, them that he wanted.


"45:1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 45:2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

45:3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt." (Genesis 45:1-4 KJV)

Joseph was a man of justice, not savage malevolence (in his "war on terror," he did not use evil and lawless tactics to fight evil and lawlessness, which would have made him just as evil and lawless as his enemy - good will always defeat evil, if applied wisely). Joseph then forgave his brothers and informed them that it was the LORD's will that not only Joseph, but all of the people of Israel (then less than 100 in total) come to Egypt.

"45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 45:6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 45:9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not: 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty." (Genesis 45:5-11 KJV)

The Israelites' entry into Egypt (unlike their slavey there four hundred years later at the time of their Exodus) could not have been under more favorable political conditions; one of their own was the Prime Minister (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt), second in power only to the Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh himself welcomed them.

"45:16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. 45:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; 45:18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

45:19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 45:20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours." (Genesis 45:16-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: Apart from the food reserves that Joseph had made for Egypt, what natural blessing did Goshen have that made it so bountiful?
See The Nile Delta

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