September 20, 2020, Genesis 42:6-25, ISSL Reflections Post 1

I.
Here we are with Joseph again, and this time with his brothers also.

A Family Reunion . . . or a Confrontation?

As you spend time with Joseph and his brothers you could pay attention to any of several things: the respective status of each, the way they approach one another, their language, their needs, and their hopes (if any)?

I want to ask you to notice first of all, “Where is the energy in this scene?”

What stands out to you as where energy, attention, or investment is the highest?

II.
Genesis 42:6-25

Now Joseph was governor over the land; it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Joseph also remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them. He said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land!” They said to him, “No, my lord; your servants have come to buy food. We are all sons of one man; we are honest men; your servants have never been spies.” But he said to them, “No, you have come to see the nakedness of the land!” They said, “We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of a certain man in the land of Canaan; the youngest, however, is now with our father, and one is no more.” But Joseph said to them, “It is just as I have said to you; you are spies! Here is how you shall be tested: as Pharaoh lives, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here! Let one of you go and bring your brother, while the rest of you remain in prison, in order that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you; or else, as Pharaoh lives, surely you are spies.” And he put them all together in prison for three days.

On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here where you are imprisoned. The rest of you shall go and carry grain for the famine of your households, and bring your youngest brother to me. Thus your words will be verified, and you shall not die.” And they agreed to do so. They said to one another, “Alas, we are paying the penalty for what we did to our brother; we saw his anguish when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this anguish has come upon us.” Then Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to wrong the boy? But you would not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” They did not know that Joseph understood them, since he spoke with them through an interpreter. He turned away from them and wept; then he returned and spoke to them. And he picked out Simeon and had him bound before their eyes. Joseph then gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. This was done for them.

III.
What captures you in this scene?

Joseph’s reactions to his brothers?

The brothers asking for help?

Reuben’s and the brothers’ conversation about what they did “to” Joseph in the past?

What else?

There is a lot of energy here? Yes?

Let’s spend some time with that energy and notice what draws us in, and maybe think about why it draws us.

We’ll talk later.

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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