"Joseph’s test of his brothers continues in today’s passage as Joseph tries to buy time to process his anger. Joseph demanded to see his younger brother and kept Simeon with him as a guarantee until his brothers returned. The conclusion of Joseph’s brothers was that God was punishing them for what they did to Joseph. Joseph then needed to find a private place to weep as his desire to again be a part of his family overwhelmed him." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
Then Joseph hurried out, for his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to weep. And he entered his chamber and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out. And controlling himself he said, "Serve the food." (Genesis 43:30-31, ESV)Joseph breaks into tears 5 times during his dealings with his brothers. The last time his crying was loud enough to be heard in the next room. The anger and pain that had been buried for years was coming face to face with the continuing realization that this was all part of God's plan. He is feeling the strain and pain and release of forgiveness.
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