Day 40 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days
Genesis 42 – Jacob/Israel sends 10 of his sons with the exception of his youngest son, Benjamen, to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph recognized his brothers immediately but they did not recognize him. When the 10 sons arrived in Egypt to buy grain, Joseph accused them of being spies. Joseph throws the brothers in jail and lets, by the grace of God, 9 brothers take food back to their households, while leaving one in jail so that they will surely return with their youngest brother. This will prove to Joseph they are truthful in saying they are indeed of 12 sons of Jacob/Israel.
The brothers felt they were being punished for their crime against their brother and Joseph overheard them talking. He turned away to weep but turned back to them and gave orders to fill their bags with grain and put their silver back in their bags as well as provisions for their journey. When the brothers stopped for the night, one opened their sack to give feed to his donkey, he saw the silver inside the pouch and told his brothers, and once they returned home, told Jacob/Israel. They explained what happened with the governor of the land (aka Joseph).
Jacob/Israel is irritated with his sons, complaining that his youngest sons are being taken from him — first Joseph and now they want to take Benjamen but he refused them. Reuben offered up the lives of his 2 sons if anything was to happen to Benjamen, that he would protect him no matter what and bring him back. But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”