Genesis 44:14–17 (ESV)
Joseph’s Tests His Brothers (Part 4)
14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there. They fell before him to the ground. 15 Joseph said to them, “What deed is this
that you have done? Do you not know that a man like me can indeed practice divination?” 16 And Judah said, “What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how can we clear ourselves? God has found out the
guilt of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s servants, both we and he also in whose hand the cup has been found.” 17 But he said, “Far be it from me that I should do so! Only the man in whose hand the
cup was found shall be my servant. But as for you, go up in peace to your father.”
It is interesting to see changes that have been made in the brothers.
Judah, as well as the others, are brought before Joseph over the theft of Joseph’s silver cup. The cup, which was planted in Benjamin’s grain bag by Joseph, should bring punishment on Benjamin. But Judah, along with the others bow down
and they claim they should all be punished. Joseph says no, just the one who was found with the cup. Judah claims all because of their guilt, going back to how they treated Joseph. It is interesting that they are dealing with Joseph and they don’t
know it. In my years of ministry, I have run across a few people who were serving some time in prison for things they did not do. I asked them why they didn’t fight it, and they had a very humble attitude. One smiled at me calmly and
said that while he did not commit this crime, he is still guilty of others. He… like Judah… knew they were guilty. In fact… that is how we all are… guilty sinners. There is none righteous, for we have all sinned.
I can understand Judah and the brothers bowing down before Joseph. Sounds like judgement day… but the believers will enter the gates of heaven… forgiven.
I pray: O Lord, I plead guilty of all my sins and humbly repent of them. Forgive me, renew me, and restore in me the joy of my salvation, that was won for me through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.