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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,

I don't see that Joseph is playing mind games. I believe he had already forgiven his brothers. He was testing his brothers to see if they had repented or bringing them to a place where they truly did repent, not just thinking that they were paying for what they had done. What Joseph did, brought them to the place where they confessed their sin. He who confesses his sin will obtain mercy. I see the hand of God in all that Joseph did.

Reading through the Gospels, I have noticed that Jesus favorite word was "Come". Such as "Come and see", "Come follow me"," Come all you who are weary". Jesus loved to invite anyone and everyone. He is still to this day saying "come". We are His mouthpiece, His representatives, are we telling anyone to come to Jesus?

I thought it was neat when Joseph forgave his brothers and said I was supposed to be here and deliver you my family from this terrible famine. I think this is foreshadowing Jesus's coming and preparing the way for us.

As for Mike's question. I think he was testing his brothers to see if they were the same men who sold him into slavery. Would they take the silver and pretend that it didn't end up in their sacks? Would they try to fool him by bring someone else beside Benjamin back with them?

Then would they sell another brother into slavery?

I think he was trying to see their character through their actions.

Isn't an awesome statement that Joseph made "But don't be angry with yourselves that you did this to me, for God did it. He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives."

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

His brothers had evil plans but God worked out for His good plan to save all their lives.

Joseph is so awesome. You would think that he had no faults! I wish I could be like Joseph and I guess the only way is to have such a close relationship with God that you just cannot mess up. At least not morally anyway.

l am very much opened in my mined what joseph did was so powerful to show his brothers that God know joseph befor he was born,he let his brothers now no samething that in every thing we do God is in control even today we have in our family that issue of been divided may all your relatives they are distance from you no good commuincation but if We draw near to God who is in control of every thing we can have a break thruogh and my prayer is that let be one in every family and now that God has a puopose for anyone because anyone can be somebody at any time in God's whiel.

I really love that verse too, or that story.. Joseph's story.
It is indeed a very powerful verse and story. What I really like about it is that He endured and have faith in God alone and not to people.

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