Genesis 42:26–28 (ESV)
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
26 Then they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money in the mouth of
his sack. 28 He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back; here it is in the mouth of my sack!” At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that
God has done to us?”
The brothers find their money pouch with the money they used to buy the grain. Now they have both money and grain…
which as they see it… it makes them look like thieves. They are innocent in that they thought they paid for the grain. Now they feel like they have been set up to go down as thieves. Luther states: “Their hearts fail them points
out that confidence, wisdom, and all courage failed them. They were terrified, not only when they saw the money in the sack but also when they were confronted with the sin they had committed.… As yet, however, they do not grieve; as yet they do not
acknowledge their crime” (AE 7:271). I find it interesting that they put the blame on God who is the Judge. They are still living with their sin. Sin is a burden that separates us from God.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness. Your answer and response was through
your Son Jesus Christ. I thank you for your plan of salvation for me. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (pp. 81–82). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.