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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 highly recommend spiritual retreats...time set apart to be alone with God....an hour, a day or 2 where you are silent and listening and inquiring. The Lord loves those times with us!

Love the song by Third Day too! Music is such a blessing. And the message is perfect.

I was wondering. Do you think Joseph had been thinking about the day his brothers would show up to buy grain? Yes, I think he did. I believe we all at times replay in our minds how we will exact our revenge on people who hurt us. Joseph wanted his brothers to feel his pain. But as he learn through the interpreter that they were remorseful, he realized that God was in control and God had been dealing with his brothers.

Wow, yes, I love to see the sincere hearts of both Joseph and his brothers in the readings today. It was good to see that both had some healing and that time heals all things and hurtful wounds have time to heal. It's like when Jacob got to see Esau after 20+ years and all that time in between God was working a miracle of healing and restoration. He is a restoration healing God! About retreats and prayer, some days even I feel like I take burdens on for so many people and my body is just tired and sometimes I feel as though just resting, taking relaxing bubble baths soaking and reading Gods Word or meditating on His Word even in the bath tub is healthy and much needed. I did go to a spiritual retreat at Epcott by the Sea at St. Simons Island before at a Methodist conference and it was quiet and relaxing. So I also encourage getting away and pray or go to a quiet sanctuary of your own, a quiet place for you and God!

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