Bible Study Notes on Genesis 43 – 20161227

Bible Study Notes

Genesis 43:2  “…when they had eaten up the grain…”
Once they consumed what they had, the urgency returned.  Jacob will be confronted with the decision he didn’t want to consider.

9  “I myself will be surety for him…”
Judah actually shows some character.  Somewhat prophetic for him to be the guarantee for his brother.

11  “…a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds”
Must have been items they had in spite of the famine.  Perhaps items that were produced before the famine that would last a long time.

14  “…may God Almighty give you mercy…”
He didn’t realize it, but this was God’s mercy in action.  Sometimes we can’t see what God is doing until it has passed by, and we can look back.

22  “…We do not know who put our money in our sacks”
Have to give them credit for continuing to be honest.  They didn’t try to make up a story about what happened.  They’ve told the truth and are taking steps to make it right.

30  “…so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep…”
Interesting at the detail of the story.  Makes it very personal.

32  “…that is an abomination to the Egyptians”
Apparently the Egyptians had a thing against shepherds, those who kept sheep.  Commentary suggested it may have been due to conflicts between Egypt and nomad kings.

34  “…Benjamin’s serving was five times as much…”
Wonder what their thoughts were at this.  Surely they noticed.  Why was this ruler interested in their brother, this one in particular, and why was he giving him such honor.

34  “…they drank and were merry with him”
For the time being, their anxiety over what has happened before is eased.  They are able to eat and drink in peace.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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