"In today’s passage, Jacob sends his sons to Egypt to buy some grain, where they encounter their brother Joseph. Joseph realized that his brothers didn’t recognize him, and decided to test them to see if they had really changed." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?" He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."What an intense moment that must of been for Joseph when he flashed back to his dreams as a boy. The dreams that ultimately got him sold into slavery by his brothers. Dreams that predicted that very moment he was living. His brothers bowing down before him. (Genesis 31:1-11) It was at this point that it all "clicked" for Joseph. In that moment everything made sense. The dots had been connected for him and he saw God's plan for his life. He understood why everything happened up to that point. His faith was reinforced. God was, and is, in absolute control. Everything happened for a reason. The good and the bad. Everything!
... Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them...
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them...
(Genesis 42:1, 6, 7, 8, 9)
God is in control. God's plan is not always efficiency. It is not always a clean and tidy straight line. Love is not efficient. God's plan is based on his desire to change us, to redeem us, to be near us and love us. God has a plan and it is perfect.
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