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Friday, September 29 2018

A Bible Journey, 42: The Prophecy Of The Sheaves Fulfilled

"Lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf ... Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the Earth"

During their years in Canaan after they arrived from their birthplace in Syria (see A Bible Journey, 29: Israel's Syria Origin), Joseph's brothers became bitterly jealous of him. There were a number of reasons, but Joseph's dream of his dominion over them was the final "straw."


"37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 37:6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 37:11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying." (Genesis 37:3-11 KJV)

A great famine had struck a vast area across northern Africa and the Middle East (the photograph below shows the areas that were and are naturally susceptible to drought - and why the Nile Delta region of northern Egypt has an advantage). Joseph had risen to become the Prime Minister of Egypt by means of the LORD's preparations for that famine (see A Bible Journey, 41: The Pharaoh's Dreams Of Cattle And Grain).

Back in the land of Canaan, "When Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die" ("corn," as used by the King James Version, was the term used for grain in general i.e. wheat and barley - there was no maize, or "corn" as it is known in North America, in the Middle East).

The Nile River

"42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 42:2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

42:3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

42:4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.

42:5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan." (Genesis 42:1-5 KJV)

When they arrived, "Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him," when they "came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth." The dream was thereby fulfilled.

There was still the matter of justice for what they had done to their brother. At first, Joseph had all of them put in prison for a few days, perhaps the very same prison cell where Joseph sat for years (see A Bible Journey, 40: Joseph In Prison - The Butler And The Baker and A Bible Journey, 39: The Lies Of Rejected Zuleikha).

"42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

42:7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye?

And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

42:8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

42:10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 42:11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

42:12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

42:13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

42:14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: 42:15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 42:17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

42:18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 42:19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses: 42:20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so." (Genesis 42:6-20 KJV)

Joseph's motive for selecting Simeon to be the hostage in the dungeon is not stated in the incident itself. There are a number of possibilities, ranging from that Simeon had always been hostile to Joseph, or that Simeon was the most cruel to Joseph when he was sold away to Egypt, or that Joseph chose the oldest guilty brother (Simeon was the second oldest; the oldest, Reuben, had partially defended Joseph when Joseph was sold, as stated below, and as Joseph heard), or some combination, or some other reason not stated. Whatever the reason, it surely wasn't because Joseph loved Simeon the most of all of his brothers.


"42:21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required. 42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

42:24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes." (Genesis 42:21-24 KJV)

Wise Joseph then continued. Along with insuring their return, he gave them an experience that began to wake them up to the wrong that they had done: "Their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?"

"42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 42:26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

42:27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth. 42:28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

42:29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, 42:30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 42:31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 42:32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

42:33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 42:34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

42:35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 42:36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

42:37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave." (Genesis 42:25-38 KJV)

Fact Finder: Joseph's brothers directly crossed the area of the northern Sinai Peninsula on their route between the land of Canaan and Egypt. What part of Arabia includes the Sinai?
See Paul's Geography Lesson


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This Day In History

This Day In History, September 29

522 BC: Darius I of Persia (see The Decree Of Darius) killed the Magi known as Gaumata, thereby establishing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Ancient Persia, known today as Iran, was well-familiar with Jesus Christ (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and Why Did The Magi Come?).

A Persian gold Daric coin


480 BC: The Battle of Salamis was fought between the Greek fleet under Themistocles (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) and the Persian fleet under Xerxes I (see also The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).

Greek Ships

61 BC: Pompey the Great declared victory at the end of the Mithridatic Wars (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).


1197: German Emperor Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of the "Holy Roman Empire" died (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1227: Pope Gregory IX excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II for his refusal to participate in Rome's "Crusades" (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1364: At the end of the Breton War of Succession, English forces defeated the French in Brittany at the Battle of Auray.

1399: Richard II of England abdicated. He is the subject of William Shakespeare's play, Richard II.

1493: Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his second voyage to the "new world." All four voyages of Columbus were actually just to the islands of the Caribbean (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Continental America was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada. Late-comer Columbus got the credit however at the behest of the Papacy - Columbus worked for the fanatic Roman Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, while the Vikings were freedom-loving people who did not submit themselves to Rome's political or religious power.



1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa "discovered" the Pacific Ocean.

The Spanish New World


1758: Horatio Nelson was born. After a long and gallant career (during which he lost an arm due to a battle wound), the English naval hero was killed in battle (shot by a French sniper) at age 47 off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. where he defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets, capturing 20 enemy ships without a single loss of his own.

Horatio Nelson

1829: London's Metropolitan Police, the "Bobbies," went into service. Their first headquarters was Scotland Yard, which later became the force's official name.

1859: A spectacular auroral display ("northern lights") was seen over a vast area in the northern hemisphere.

1875: The people of Cuba staged a rebellion against the imperialistic forces of Spain and the U.S. that were struggling to decide which of them would control Cuba.

1923: The British mandate in "Palestine" began (see Where Is Palestine? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1939: Germany and the Soviet Union reached an agreement on the division of Poland.

1943: Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (in German, My Struggle) was published in the U.S. Written while Hitler was in prison in 1924, the book gave early warning of what the demonic loser would do if he ever came to power (see also Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1954: CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) was established.

1962: Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, was launched.


1979: Pope John Paul II addressed a crowd of more than 1 million in Dublin, Ireland.

1988: United Nations peacekeeping forces won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.

2004: The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passed within four lunar distances of Earth.




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