GO BACK AND BUY US A LITTLE MORE FOOD: Only after long
urging (v 10)...
I WILL BEAR THE BLAME: Ct Gen 42:37,38. Reuben offers
his sons, but Judah offers his own life -- the principle of a true
Balm, honey, spices, and nuts were all products of trees,
which could live through a famine.
TAKE... A LITTLE HONEY: "That was the advice Jacob gave
to his sons when they were going down into Egypt to buy food. They took many
gifts: balm, spices, myrrh, nuts and money. But wise old Jacob added, 'Take a
little honey.' People may take with them on the journey of their lives ability,
training, initiative, ambition and so many good things. Yet they fail because
they forget kindness. If they had been just a little sweeter in spirit what a
difference it would have made. We can learn how to be able to disagree without
being disagreeable. Simple, warm kindness will work wonders. Some say this is a
hard, tough world and if we ever expect to get anywhere, we have to be
hard-boiled. That kindness stuff, they say, might work at a Sunday School
outing, but it has no place in business. But kindness works everywhere. On the
journey of life don't forget to 'take a little honey' " (C Lamb, Xd
The double principle of Exo 22:4,7,9.
Jacob is realizing now that he really has no options other
than trust in God.
The Jews have "treasures" in their sacks, but they do not know
where it came from!
YOUR GOD, THE GOD OF YOUR FATHER: How would the steward
know such a thing? Joseph had been teaching him. While the Jews were estranged
from their God and their firstborn brother, Joseph was teaching a Gentile about
the God of Israel.
I RECEIVED YOUR SILVER: Joseph had been paying the
redemption price for his brothers.
Jews make ready for the coming of the Messiah, but are
surprised when at last they discover their expected Messiah is their brother
whom they rejected previously.
THEY BOWED DOWN BEFORE HIM: The sun, moon, and 11 stars
(Gen 37:7,9). Joseph sees his father in all 11, and his mother (moon) in his
full brother Benjamin.
IN THE ORDER OF THEIR AGES: How could an Egyptian have
known such a thing? Also... Joseph had neither need nor desire to appropriate
There could have been over 479 million different ways
(calculated by multiplying all the numbers, one through twelve, together) in
which the twelve brothers could have been seated!
Similar privilege in 1Sa 9:24 (Saul) and Joh 13:26,27 (Judas).
Notice that the other brothers seem not to be resentful of a younger brother
(Benjamin) being favored.