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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,

Yes, the brothers definitely were dealing with an insurmountable amount of guilt. Thankful for the Word, and thanks Ramona for your commentary.

Comments and QOTD: I have never really been super close to friends to where I need to distance myself. Now there were a few I had to stop answering phone at times because they were draining me-then after time and maturity and rest I reconnected with them. I sometimes do have an approval addiction. And I pray to remove that this year. Only what God says matters most.

Gen 42:18-43:34

Today it was all about Joseph and redemption. Before alot of this could take place, some lessons had to be learned. Joseph put his brothers to the test to see if they really have changed. As much as Joseph had went through in his life, it was still hard to treat his brothers deceitfully, but he just had to know or see that they didn't treat his other brother in the same light as he.

Matthew 13:47-14:12

God still is in the cleaning fish after He catches them. However we are given the capability to choose-we have to want to be saved-God doesn't deliver us, heal us and stay in our "town" so to speak if our hearts are hard, if we mock Him and refuse to surrender. Truly up to us.

Psalm 18:16-36

Wow, such encouraging words-I could write about everyone of these-You Lord reached down and rescued me-I think of all the babies who are yours both living and in grave, and how you turn tragedy into a blessing. You reward for doing right-I pray for your righteousness and pray I always do right.
Your right hand supports me and made a wide path to keep from slipping-Thank you Jesus.

Proverbs 4:7-10

Being wise prolongs your life! Praise God. Amen.

Mathew 13: 53-58 No Respect at Home
The way people respond to their neighbor certainly hasn't changed in 2000 years. I often think about who I might be treating this way? Who might I possibly be holding back? I can think of a couple of people in church and that tracks with my own silly jealousy. I think about how I might even have held back people in my own family. I wonder how important does the message have to be before I take them seriously? I really get this sense that Jesus feels "boxed in" here. Is that the response I want to give him? What should I say as he walks away? Some deep reflection needed here. I do know that God believes and trusts in me and will enable me with whatever needs to be done today. So thats cool.

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