Genesis 43

The brothers need more food and they know to go back to Egypt they must take Benjamin, the youngest and Joseph’s only full brother. Rachel their mother died giving birth to him.

It tears papa Israel apart. You’d think he’d rather they starve.

Judah promises earnestly to keep him safe. Rachel was Israel’s true love, and the lost Joseph was his favoured son. Judah’s vow is ironic since it was  his jealous plan to get rid of Joseph.

When they arrive Joseph embraces Benjamin and runs away to weep in his bedroom, deeply moved. He keeps organising them to get silver valuables and they panic, thinking they’ll be accused as thieves. The chapter ends in a big feast. But still they don’t know who he is.

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