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Tuesday, October 2 2018

A Bible Journey, 44: Joseph's Silver Cup Of Justice

"Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest"

Joseph was a righteous man. Ironically, it was his honesty and righteousness that got him falsely accused and imprisoned (see A Bible Journey, 39: The Lies Of Rejected Zuleikha) before he was released to become the Prime Minister of Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 40: Joseph In Prison - The Butler And The Baker and A Bible Journey, 41: The Pharaoh's Dreams Of Cattle And Grain).

But an earlier incident of betrayal and slavery, imposed upon him by his own spiteful brothers (see A Bible Journey, 37: Israel's Favorite Son), was yet to have justice rendered upon it. It would come however when Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy food during a famine. A prophecy about them was then fulfilled (see A Bible Journey, 42: The Prophecy Of The Sheaves Fulfilled), but justice too would be served to them.

Egypt The great drought and famine had forced Joseph's brothers to return to Egypt to buy more food, just as Joseph knew would happen. Their return home would be diverted back by justice.

"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)

When they were brought back to Egypt, it was under the same circumstances of grief and terror that Joseph experienced when he was sold by them.

"44:4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 44:5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

44:6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 44:8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 44:9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

44:10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.

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 44:4-13 KJV)

Judah, by then a father himself (see A Bible Journey, 38: Judah's Children), spoke for them all.

"44:14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

44:15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?" (Genesis 44:14-15 KJV)

The brothers begged their innocence - just as Joseph had repeatedly done when he was falsely accused.

"44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.

44:17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father." (Genesis 44:16-17 KJV)

Judah's explanation included what they had told their father had happened to Joseph, who was standing there right before them: "Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since." Joseph thereby learned how they had seemingly gotten away with their crime against him.

"44:18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh. 44:19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? 44:20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.

44:21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 44:22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 44:23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 44:24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

44:25 And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. 44:26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.

44:27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons: 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: 44:29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

44:30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life; 44:31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 44:32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

44:33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 44:34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father." (Genesis 44:18-34 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the four centuries that the Israelites sojourned in Egypt begin and end under the leadership of an Israelite who rose from a slave to a prince?
See The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace


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This Day In History

This Day In History, October 2

1187: Saladin, the sultan of Syria, captured Jerusalem from the Church of Rome's "Crusaders" who had taken their turn of holding the city (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1263: King Alexander III successfully defended Scotland from an invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier renamed a small village in Quebec as Montreal.

Jacques Cartier

1608: The first telescope was demonstrated by its inventor, Hans Lippershey of the Netherlands (although Galileo Galilei is often incorrectly regarded as the inventor of the telescope, he was actually the first to use it for astronomy).

A Dutch Telescope

1780: John Andre, an active-duty British Army officer during the New England rebellion, was hung as a "spy" by the rebels of the colonies.

1835: The Texas Rebellion against Mexico began with the Battle of Gonzales. Texas became independent of Mexico in 1836, before joining the United States of New England (the former 13 colonies) in 1845, but succeeded from the U.S. in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War.

1836: Charles Darwin returned to Falmouth, England, after 5 years of exploration of the southern oceans aboard the HMS Beagle (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists to understand how present-day scientists have changed Darwin's original writings).

Charles Darwin

1853: Austria passed a law which outlawed the ownership of land by Jews.

1870: In a plebiscite, the Papal States voted for union with Italy. The country's capital moved from Florence to Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1901: The first submarine commissioned by the British navy was launched. Submarines have had a much longer history than many people realize (see also Jonah's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea).


1910: The first collision of 2 aircraft occurred, in the air over Milan, Italy.

1919: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed.

1924: Delegates at the League of Nations meeting in Geneva adopted a protocol aimed at resolving all international disputes by arbitration. The Second World War followed a few years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1935: Italian forces invaded Abyssinia. Apart from seeking revenge for Italy's defeat at Adua in 1896, Mussolini had imperialist ambitions in Africa. The Italian occupation lasted until 1941. Mussolini had regarded himself as the new leader of the Roman Empire, but he was too late - it had moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Empress of Britain, on route to Canada with children being sent to safety from the bombing of Britain, was sunk by a Nazi submarine. British warships rescued most of the 634 children and crew.

1958: The Republic of Guinea in west Africa achieved independence from France.

1964: Scientists announced their findings that smoking causes lung cancer.

1979: While speaking at the U.N. in New York City, Pope John Paul II denounced all present-day concentration camps and torture.

1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition announced that it had found the Titanic.




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