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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 the part about Joseph reuniting with with his brothers is no doubt my favorite part of this story. This is the climax of the story. Joseph weeping was tears of joy and for all the wasted years he had away from them. The fact that he went into another room shows me his vulnerability and that he was an emotional man. The years estranged I would imagine every day in the quietness of his room he prayed and wept for his father’s and brothers and for restoration. This story brings hope to restored relationships!!! It did me! 20’plus years. Shows our timing was not ours!! Joseph not revealing himself shows he needed time to recompose and think wisely with his response to them. After he was treated so cruelly. Wouldn’t you??? He has to test the waters! Were they genuine!?
This also teaches me we must guard our hearts. Abuse is an awful thing. If we allow it to take over our life we lose ourselves and the person God created. Joseph showed wisdom! This was acquired after many years of his life experiences . Let us learn from that. God is in control.,

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