Giving even when others have taken from you

Genesis Bible Background

01.18.2016 Old Testament: Gen 42.25–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 42–43 on January 18, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Joseph lived in Egypt because his brothers got rid of him by selling him to Ishmaelites, who in turn sold him to an Egyptian. Yet, Joseph did not become bitter. When he saw his brothers 22 years later when they came to Egypt to buy food, he gave to them,

Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them. So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there (Genesis 42.25–26). 

This, of course, was part of his plan to bring his younger brother Benjamin down to him, nevertheless, Joseph showed himself to be generous toward them, although he feigned anger for a while.

If we give to those who hate us, we shall either gain them as friends, or others will see how we live and we will gain them as friends. Keep reading the story of Joseph and see what happens.

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