Genesis Chapter 43 (40 of 47) by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 43 (40 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

1 And the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.

Now that all of the grain was gone, Jacob told his sons to go to Egypt and get more food.

3 And Judah spoke unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

His sons refused to go to Egypt unless Benjamin was going with them.

6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?

These men had no idea that the information given to Joseph would cause the events that happened.

8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame forever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

Isn't it interesting that Judah was the one who instigated selling Joseph into slavery in the first place. Now he told Jacob or Israel, that he would place himself as a guarantee to bring back Benjamin, and if not, then he would bear the blame and not Jacob. Judah suggested that if Jacob had not waited so long in retu ...

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