Joseph’s Family Comes to Egypt
Joseph is second-in-charge of Egypt—Vice-Pharaoh. The land had just recently undergone seven years of great abundance and was now just a little into the seven years of severe famine. The Lord had warned the Pharaoh of Egypt of the abundance and famine in a dream which Joseph interpreted. Therefore, the government of Egypt was prepared for the famine because it had stockpiled, under the leadership and direction of Joseph, enough food in anticipation of seven bad years.
Meanwhile, back on the old home-front of Joseph back in the land of Canaan, Jacob, or Israel, heard that there was grain in Egypt, sent his sons to get some. So the ten brothers, minus the youngest, Benjamin, embarked on the long, arduous journey to Egypt. “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, but pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them” (Gen 42:6-7). His brothers, however, did not recognize Joseph. Joseph remembered the dreams he had as a young boy!
Now, I imagine, Joseph was faced with a quandary: What should he do? Should he repay evil for evil? Should he make them suffer as he did? Or should he administer grace and mercy? After all he had the power to do whatever he wanted…
Year 1, Week 20 Bible story from the Main Street Curriculum