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Mike-regarding your question asking if Joseph was playing “mind games” with his brothers, no, I don’t think so and here is why.

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, "We are not blind too, are we?" Jesus replied, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains."
(John 9:40-41 NET.)

Joseph was trying to get them to admit they were blind; they had to confess to their sin(s). First of all one cannot come to God, to Christ, without first admitting one is sinful, Joseph could not bestow on his brothers the honor of being his brothers in Egypt, with all the honor that would entail, unless they faced their sin. There are two kids of sorrow, a worldly sorrow (a sorrow that says, I’m sorry because I got caught), and a godly sorrow (a sorrow that is truly repentant of one’s behavior. Without godly sorrow, the brothers would not be able to exist in Egypt without becoming a further stench in the nostrils of the Egyptians, who didn’t like Hebrews anyway.

It’s all about character. We can mentally assent and verbally confess we are something that our behavior shows we are not; but unless there is a character change our words will never match our behavior or vice versa. No mind games with Joseph, he was just trying to get his brothers to admit they were “blind.”

Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NET.)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

always remember what you have learned,your education is your life, guard it well.Proverbs 4 vs 13.
God wants us to know more of Him and seek His wisdom, for a long a prosperous Life here.

I cannot help but to admire Joseph's compassion and lack of bitterness...I believe that this was due to the fact that Joseph was able to recognise that even though his brothers did wrong, and he suffered as a result,it was all a part of God's greater plan...oh how if in our trials we can be faithful enough to see God in the midst instead of being bitter towards our fellowman...

May God bless us all as we go through this study...may He grant us the wisdom to see and know truth [we have read much about wisdom so far] and may we walk in it daily...

Alli

What got my attention was that Judah was willing to be a substitute for Benjamin and take his punishment, just as Jesus, from the line of Judah willing died on the cross for the sins of you and me.

Mike we are trying to plan a retreat for a youth meeting.We are looking for two nights and five meals in the spring break in Southern california ,an average per night of $100 .if you can please refer me to a website or to a phone number.I would really appreciate that.If anyone out there have any info I would greatly appreciate that
caroline

"I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths."

I pray when ever I feel the need to pray for others, I have been praying for Haiti on a daily basis and I pray every night before I go to bed.

I see a difference in the brothers' understanding of their father's potential grief over another lost son. When they got rid of the bothersome brother there were no forethoughts of what Joseph's disappearance would mean, only of being free of his dreaming presence. Now they are truly concerned for their father. Joseph may see this as permission to open up to them.

A couple of weekends ago I went to Pineville with my husband before he deployed. I ended up spending about 16 hours in the car waiting on him while he processed. I used this time to draw near to God. It was a spiritual retreat and God revealed things to me. It was very refreshing.

Also, we have a non-profit and I was struggling for words for our January thank you letter. Finally, I fasted two meals and spent time in prayer. I was renewed and God gave me the words for the thank you.

I am studying at a seminary and I am surprised that the young students have not developed a habit of prayer. I really encourage folks to make prayer a priority in their Christian lives.

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