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Genesis 42:18-43:34

A particular verse has not jumped out at me today but what has caught my eye is a state of mind has guilt. Joseph’s brothers are totally filled with guilt and thus paranoid. They consistently second guess and put a “spin” on every misstep they make with this unknown ruler. Unknown to them but they are known to him.

They said to one other, "Surely we're being punished because of our brother, because we saw how distressed he was when he cried to us for mercy, but we refused to listen. That is why this distress has come on us!"
(Genesis 42:21 NET.)

Twenty plus years loaded with guilt times ten. This is a picture of man outside of Jesus Christ spinning the events of their lives trying to get a hold of their culpability by any means necessary. However, unless man deals in Truth, guilt, whether true guilt or false, guilt will remain burdening the carrier.

By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man--not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
(Proverbs 16:6 AMP)

Jesus calls to everyone to exchange the yoke of guilt to His yoke.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
(Matthew 11:28-30 AMP)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Ramona, Great response today. Wisdom is also rest in the lord.

Amen, Ramona! God's yoke is easy and he loves us no matter what! There was nothing that Simeon, Reubon, and all the rest Judah..etc could do to take the love of the Father from them! God did not run, they did. They didn't know that there was a safety net right in front of their lives, to reach up and take hold or better yet, crawl up in the Father's arms, and be redeemed. However, Joseph, walking in the Spirit and never forsaking, is a representation of our heavenly Jesus..He had mercy and was meek and humble. He cried for them, and seeing his baby brother..At the end of this story, we/they see a good, comfort, gracious, and pleasant being in their brother Joseph..All who partake of God's love will never be the same again! Joseph wasn't the same, neither were his brothers..Nothing can separate the love of a Father from His own! He loves us..That is awesome!!

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