What a week it has been! It has been an adjustment back to our regular school schedule and I am happy to say: so far, so good. The high school had their open house last night, so my husband and I got a chance to meet with our son's teachers. With that said, in the adjustments I've had difficulty finding time in the midst of our morning rush to get out here regularly. Rest assured, this is merely adjusting back to a tight morning schedule after having a very relaxed schedule all summer. But, I now want to go back to where we left off in the story of Joseph. The verses we are looking today are taking place with his brothers' second visit to Egypt and this time they brought Benjamin with them as Joseph asked. As you read these verses, remember that the brothers have no idea that Joseph is the brother they sold to slave traders so many years ago. Please read Genesis 43:19-34.
The brothers were terrified of Joseph's invitation to a feast at his palace. They were sure they were walking into a trap when Joseph wanted to treat his family to a feast. They confessed to Joseph's household manager that they found their money with the grain they had bought and attempted to return it. The manager's response was that God must have put it back because he had received their payment. Have you noticed some interesting details in theses verses? I find it very interesting that the brothers had to eat at a separate table from Joseph and the Egyptians because they were Hebrew. First of all, it is interesting that they are now referred to as Hebrews in the Bible. Second, it makes me realize all the more how God is the one who appointed Joseph in his position because everyone knew he was a Hebrew slave when he first interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams.
But mostly, I love that Joseph was showing his love and desire to see his brothers by offering a feast for them despite how others had branded them as detestable. You know, we are invited to a feast despite what our enemy says about us as well. We are told both in Jesus's parables and in Revelations that there is a feast that is being prepared for those who follow Jesus. In fact, we will receive new clothing to wear to the feast to show that no matter how much the enemy will try to condemn us we are seen as righteous through Christ. Revelation 19:7-8 says, "'Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to Him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.' For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people." Isn't that amazing! When we are in Christ, we have this great hope!
Are you ready for the feast that is being prepared?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.