안녕하세요, family and friends. Today we’re reading Genesis 42.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a physical copy of the Bible. You can read it on Page 2 of this blog post.
In this passage, we read that Joseph’s brothers have come to Egypt to buy their necessities and met Joseph without realising who he was.
Now, there are three lessons we can take from this passage and those are:
1. God’s will always prevails
This lesson is a recurring one throughout the Bible and we see it again in this passage as Joseph’s dream slowly unfolded. Thus, we shouldn’t be too proud of our own plans.
And Joseph was governor in the land of Egypt, and grain was sold under his direction to the people. When his brother had reverenced him, he spoke harshly as if to foreigners, questioning them: “Where did you come from?” And they responded, “From the land of Canaan, to buy necessary provisions.” And although he knew his brothers, he was not known by them.Genesis 42:6-8 CPDV
2. If you do wrong to others it will come back to you.
Much like how karma works, and we see this in the way the brothers are treated as a result of their actions towards their youngest brother, Joseph.
And Reuben, one of them, said: “Did not I say to you, ‘Do not sin against the boy,’ and you would not listen to me? See, his blood is exacted.”Genesis 42:22 CPDV
3. Follow the rules of the land you’re in.
Although Joseph’s treatment of his brothers was with indifference it is understandable that he was cautious. He needed to uphold the responsibility he has no matter who is in front of him. No matter if it is his brothers who came before him asking to buy their own fill of provisions.
Additionally, I’d like to think that this passage is a reminder that fair judgement should always be practised. We should not entertain nepotism, although it is already huge in business, it has also proven to be ineffective to some extent. For there might be better candidates who were not given a chance because someone thought that a relative would be a better pick.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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