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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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).
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.