Bible Study Notes on Genesis 44 – 20161229

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Genesis 44:1  “…put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack”
Not sure why he did this again since his steward has already told his brothers that he returned their money earlier.  Commentary suggests returning the money the first time was to show kindness to Jacob.  The second time was probably to show that everything amiss was deliberate so it wouldn’t appear that Benjamin was guilty of stealing the cup.  Makes a good point, but still speculation.  The story is so detailed, I wish more had been told about Joseph’s thinking.

8  “…we brought back…the money…How then could we steal…”
They make a good argument based on the truth.  They have shown themselves honest men.  They have no reason to suspect trouble.  Of course Joseph wanted to see how far their honesty and genuine care for their brother and father went.

15  “…such a man as I can certainly practice divination”
Not sure about this.  Don’t know if it was an accepted truth that rulers had some powers of divination in Egypt or perhaps that Joseph’s position made him something of a religious leader among the Egyptians so it would be expected that he could commune with their gods.

16  “…God has found out the iniquity of your servants…”
Probably referring to their past guilt in dealing with Joseph.  They’ve been feeling like God is finally punishing them for their earlier actions.  Now it seems to be complete.

17  “…he shall be my slave…”
Singling out Benjamin.  Their reactions should be very telling.

32  “…I shall bear the blame before my father forever”
Judah is being true to his word.  He lets Joseph know how he has made himself surety for Benjamin, and he is willing to fulfill his promise.  So different from the man Joseph knew when he was sold into slavery.  Imagine the turmoil in his mind as he realizes his brothers have truly changed and how God has used the circumstances to bring about good.

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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