Genesis 42:35–38 (ESV)
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
35 As they emptied their sacks, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack. And when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their
father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.” 37 Then Reuben said to his father, “Kill
my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.” 38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is the only one left. If
harm should happen to him on the journey that you are to make, you would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.”
There are times in life
when things don’t go right and you feel hopeless. God is in control, even when hope seems lost. The Lutheran Study Bible summarizes the last weeks readings as follows. “The sons of Israel enter Egypt for food and unknowingly fulfill
the dream they had resented (37:5–8). Joseph, though harsh, was motivated by the fear of the Lord, and began a test to determine his brothers’ treatment of his father and Benjamin, and to encourage repentance and a renewed relationship with God.
Luther: “In trials God conducts Himself toward His saints just as Joseph conducts himself toward his brothers” (AE 7:225). Unrepentant sin is not resolved by time or forgetfulness, but by true repentance and forgiveness. Joseph’s tears reveal
affection. Luther: “Christ is our completely friendly Joseph, who died for us and shed His blood for the remission of our sins” (AE 7:256).
I pray: O Lord, no matter how high I sit, You are able to cast me down, and no matter how deep I have fallen, You are able to lift me up. To You be glory, through Jesus Christ.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (p. 82). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.