Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me” (Genesis:36 NIV)!
The famine was so severe that, Joseph’s brothers had to go to Egypt to buy food. He recognized them when he saw them; but they had no idea who he was. He spoke to them harshly, and accused them of coming to spy the land of Egypt. This made them reveal more about their family in Canaan; just to prove their integrity and innocence. He put all of them in prison for three days; but had them released except Simeon. He was kept as a guarantor for the others to bring their younger brother Benjamin Egypt.
Joseph’s brothers couldn’t understand how they were interrogated harshly by him; who to them was a stranger. They blamed each other for the harsh treatment they gave to their younger brother about thirteen years back. Here’s part of that conversation; 21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.” 22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again.
Joseph’s brothers were haunted by their own actions for thirteen years. Their conscience bothered them all those years because of the pain and suffering they inflicted on their brother. Many people in our world today believe in the law of Karma. This law states that, a bad action creates a bad consequence; which is to say that, we reap what we sow. If we do good, good comes to us, if we do evil, evil comes to us.
Jesus echoes the same principle in his parable of the wicked servant, which Matthew records as follows; 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed (Matthew 18:21-34 NIV).
Saint let’s be guided by these words from Jesus: Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12).
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
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