by Jerry Vines

The Cure for Bitterness
Jerry Vines
Genesis 43-45

Look at Genesis chapter 43. Let' s move into the this verse. We really ought to read it all, but I think we can summarize. Let's pick up with
the 11th verse. This is Jacob talking to his sons about the matter of taking
Benjamin back down into Egypt. Joseph has told the brothers that they cannot
come back for grain and release Simeon, the brother he is holding hostage,
unless Benjamin, the youngest son is brought down with them. Jacob has
initially refused to do so. Now they are desparate. The famine is getting
increasingly worse. Now Jacob sees that he is going to have to let them do
verse 11
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do
this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and
carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey,
spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought
again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand;
peradventure it was an oversight:
Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send
away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my
children, I am bereaved.
There are some people in this world whose lives are filled with
bitterness. Everytime they open their mouth, their words are like gall. Their
tongues bite like a cobra. Life has dealt to them some unkind blows and so
they have determined they are going to live their lives as miserable as they
possibly can. They are not only miserable themselves, but they make everybody
else around them miserable. Their lives are lives that are filled with
bitterness. They are bitter, bitter, bitter. If there was ever a man who had a
right to be bitter, that man was Joseph. Think with me for a moment about the
life of Joseph, and some of the things that came to this young man. As just a
boy he lost his mother. At ...

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