Genesis Lesson 26 Day 2

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Genesis Lesson 26 Day 2

Genesis 43:1-14

Ongoing famine forced Jacob to send his sons back to Egypt.

3) Jacob struggles with allowing his sons to go back to Egypt.

Jacob greatly feared the loss of his son Benjamin, [now twenty to thirty years old]. The man who controlled the sale of grain spoke harshly to his sons, accused them of spying, held Simeon in custody, and warned them not to return without their youngest brother terrified Jacob. Then they found their money in the bags of grain.

It’s likely Jacob had begged God to intervene and bring relief, but they ran out of food. Only because the famine was so severe, Jacob again asked his sons to “go back and buy us a little food.”

4) Judah convinces Jacob let them take Benjamin with them to Egypt.

Barnes suggests that Judah stepped forward because Reuben had offended Jacob in their previous discussion about the matter.

Judah reminds Jacob why they must take Benjamin. “The man solemnly [fiercely or repeatedly]5 warned us saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'”

Jacob again asks, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?” (vs. 6) Judah reminds him how the conversation went and makes a pledge to keep him safe and accept the blame forever if he is unable to bring him back.

This is much more manly and therefore more persuasive than Reuben’s talk about pledging the lives of his children. For it was real, nor would it be a slight matter to stand in his father’s presence all the rest of his life as one guilty of a grievous crime. (Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers, Public Domain)

5a) Jacob reluctantly accepts the inevitable and sends them with gifts.

His generous gift to Esau worked out well. (Genesis 33:10-11)

A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great (Proverbs 18:16).

“If it must be so, then do this; take the best fruits of the land . . .”

  • Balm, from Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22)
  • “Wild honey, spices and myrrh were highly prized in Egypt for cosmetics, perfume, incense, and embalming the dead.”5
  • Pistachio nuts, a rare delicacy
  • Almonds (they grew wild in Canaan)5

These gifts would prove they had returned to Canaan.

b) May God Almighty  . . .

In Genesis 17:1, when Abram was ninety-nine years old, God appeared to him saying, “I am God Almighty [El Shaddai]; walk before me and be blameless,”

The name emphasizes God’s might over and above the frailty of man. “In Genesis it is used particularly in situations where people are hard-pressed and need assurance (28:3; 35:11; 49:25)5

. . . grant you mercy before man.

It was good for Jacob to say and believe this, but we sense too much fatalism and too little faith. Faith and fatalism aren’t the same.1

c) “As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”

—”An expression of pious resignation, united with heartfelt anguish.” (Ellicott’s Commentary)

Esther made a similar statement, but she approached the situation with a call for united prayer and fasting.

“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

6) Seeking the Lord for guidance

That I would know and fulfill my identity and destiny


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