by Rex Yancey

A Little Bit of Honey
Rex Yancey
Genesis 43:1-15

Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob. He made him a coat of many colors. This plus the fact Joseph was a dreamer caused jealousy among his brothers. Parents should not show partiality among their children. It always creates problems.

They thought about killing him. However, they decided to sell him to an Ishmaelite caravan. They killed an animal and put that blood on his coat of many colors and told Jacob a wild animal must have killed him.

Joseph became the advisor of Pharoah. He was a handsome man with a great personality. He had good morals and could be trusted. Pharoah put him in charge of much of his kingdom.

Pharoah's wife had an eye for Joseph. She did her best to seduce him. However, because of the man he was, the morals he had, and the master he served he refused her seduction. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." She falsly accused him and her husband threw him into prison.

Joseph was an interpreter of dreams. Therefore, a time came when this gift got him out of prison. He was once again elevated as prime minister of Egypt. A great famine occurred in Israel. Jacob heard that Pharoah had a wise man that prepared for the lean years by storing grain in the good years. He sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain.

Joseph recognized them but they did not recognize him. He kept Simeon and commanded that they go back to Egypt and to bring Benjamin back with them. Joseph had never seen him. Jacob was a basket case. He thought he had lost Joseph, and now Simeon and Benjamin. He reluctantly told them to go back to Egypt.

He told them to take gifts back to Pharoah. He said, "Take some honey," among other things. Honey is a natural potent sweetner. A level teaspoon of sugar contains 18 calories. A level teaspoon of honey contains 64 calories. There are twenty references in the OT that the Promised Land is a land flowing with milk and honey.

Take some honey. Thing ...

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