01.18.2015 Old Testament: Gen 42.19–24
To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 42–43 on January 18, In the year of our Lord 2015
By Don Ruhl
Joseph saw his brothers for the first time after 22 years, but they did not recognize him, because he was 17 years old before, and the next time they saw him, he was 39 years old. Before he dressed as a shepherd. However, they saw him after 22 years dressed as a wealthy, high-ranking Egyptian, probably wearing clothing similar to what a Pharaoh would wear. Before he spoke Hebrew, now he spoke Egyptian. Therefore, when they talked in front of him, they did not realize that he understood them,
“If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses. And bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die.” And they did so. Then they said to one another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.” And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.” But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes (Genesis 42.19–24).
Be careful what you say and what you do, for you never know who might be listening or watching.