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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

Genesis 44:33-34

33 “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”

Judah's speech is impressive. He was offering himself to replace his brother Benjamin to be the slave of Joseph. Judah's act 'foreshadowed' Jesus who died on the cross for our sins. I agree with Mike that Judah was 'qualified' to be the Lion of Judah.

John 12:24

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Abraham was willing to offer Issac and hence God knew that Abraham was willing to offer his son. Judah was willing to offer himself to Joseph and hence he was the father of the Lion of Judah. This is the golden rule as spoken by Jesus (John 12:24).

That is so true about being willing and obedient. It says in the bible that the willing and obedient will eat the fruit of the land.Ex 34:10 I think that is what Joseph was and in turn after repentance that was what Judah (his brother) was upon thinking of others before himself. I think that JOseph was just testing his brothers and God was testing him to see if all would pass the test. And they did! Praise the Lord.

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