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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

I love that analogy Ramona! And if Joseph hadn't pulled the "envelope" so to speak to confession, we never would have seen the true heart and admiration of Judah and fully see him be the man God called him to be!

comments and qotd: I love spiritual retreats-I did go to a retreat with my little sister when I was younger @ ephworth by the sea in St. Simons Ga-I don't think I fully understood or appreciated the moments like I should but I would love to retry and revisit it one day.

I often wondered what or how Joseph's palace manager must have felt or thought towards Joseph's trickery or vices. He (Joseph) told his palace manager what to do(add $ back to the bags of his brothers) and then put silver cup in youngest bag.

Then the palace manager had to chase after them and accuse them of stealing when the palace manager knew for certain it was a set up..he just didn't know why or for what?..

I love how Joseph revealed himself and gave all credit to God for being in slavery 11 years and living as the governor of Egypt. Wow.

Matt 14:13-36

Awe, the story of 2 fish/5 loaves. Jesus is our provider-El Shaddai-he gives when others don't understand how-and other towns but his hometown, he is accepted, reached out to and needed so bad..he was Love!

Psalm 18:37-50
A promise to David and his descendents forever. He gives great victories, pays back those who harm us and You alone Lord give great victories unto us.

Proverbs 4:11-13
The instructions of wisdom-Guard them, never let them go!

Mathew 14:13 Jesus withdrew to a solidary place. At times we need to do this too. Here he gave undivided attention and time to his Father. My wife has gone to Silent Retreats where women spend the weekend in quiet meditation, reading and NO TALKING. She absolutely loved it. I have done men's retreats where its a mixture of teaching and quiet reflection with excellent food. These are wonderful but alas all were cancelled in 2020. I do think we need to make prayer a component of our quiet time. Going into the bedroom closet brings to mind a great 2015 movie called WAR ROOM. It explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. Here is the youtube movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEQe02VRvhw

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