After the brothers made the journey back to Egypt to get additional food for their families, they returned to Joseph with their younger brother, Benjamin, the original money for the provisions that they had 'purchased' from Joseph, and gifts for Joseph. When the feasting was complete, Joseph asked his steward to fill his brothers' sacks with food and their money. He also instructed his silver cup be put into the sack of Benjamin.
"'Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the
sack of the youngest, and his grain money.'"
Genesis 44:2 NKJV
Is Joseph setting up the brothers? This seems very sneaky and underhanded on the surface. Why would Joseph put his cup into Benjamin's sack? I cannot help but wonder if he saw himself, his mother, or his father in Benjamin. Perhaps that is why he was so upset when he saw his younger brother.
The brothers believe that if Benjamin does not return with them, their father, Israel, will fall ill. Or some other evil will befall their father. Has the father chosen Benjamin as his new favorite or are the brothers merely exaggerating to gain freedom for their brother? If Benjamin is the new favorite, are the brothers okay with this fact? Are they remorseful for sending Joseph into slavery?
When I was thinking about Journaling this event, I thought it would be an interesting idea to write out Benjamin's name with a cup to replace one of the letters. After several attempts, I am still not very happy with the result.
|I used MagicStix Markers for my Journaling this week.|
This week I joined up with the following blog(s):
Kids, Crunch, and Christ: Journaling Through the Bible
Create with Joy's Friendship Friday Blog Party