Genesis 44: People Change

Joseph starts to take after his old man. Judah starts to look after his old man.


On my bookshelf  there are many . . . books. I have several shelves devoted to my fiction collection. Lord of the Rings sits next to Harry Potter which is followed by the Ender’s Game series. On the next shelf is the entire Sword of Truth saga and then the Liveship Traders.

When I was reading these books I practiced a discipline: I would never read the back of the next book until I finished the one before it.

I didn’t want to give anything away. I didn’t want to know anything that happened. Any information given on the back of one of those books would clue me in to all kinds of things that I wanted to be a surprise. I am finding that I need to do that with Joseph’s story.

I am so intrigued! What is going to happen? Let me just say that it took a lot of willpower to not read ahead after I finished Genesis 44.

Like Father, Like Son

As was the case with Isaac and Abraham, Joseph is starting to show that he is his father’s son.

After welcoming his brothers back to Egypt and celebrating with a feast, he sends them on their way. But not without setting them up in an elaborate trap first. He fills their sacks with grain and then hides his own special silver cup (a horcrux perhaps? ;)) in Benjamin’s. Silverphoto © 2009 Sarah | more info (via: Wylio)

They are accused of stealing with the punishment being that whoever had the cup in their sack would become Joseph’s slave.

Joseph deceived his way into stealing Benjamin from his brothers.

Why does he do this? Why does he go to such great lengths to get his little brother? I don’t know.

Judah: Before and After

Judah has changed.

He had no problem selling Joseph into slavery. Now he begs Joseph to put him in slavery in place of his brother, Benjamin.

He couldn’t have cared less how faking Joseph’s death affected his father. Now he is willing to sacrifice himself so that his father doesn’t die in anguish and sorrow.

What happened?

Well, 20 years happened. His children happened. Tamar happened.

That will do a lot to a person. He has grown. He is different. He is more mature. He is willing to make difficult decisions for the sake of people he loves.

Question for the comment section: What are some ways you have changed in the last 5 years?

I used to get really defensive when people would critique me. I would find all kinds of reasons why it wasn’t my fault or why they were wrong.

But there came a time when a lot of people started confronting me about a lot of  things. Getting defensive became way too exhausting! I began realizing that they had great points. So I stopped fighting and started listening.

Sometimes change is good.

3 responses

  1. I like thinking of the silver cup as a horcrux. 🙂 I’ve changed too. I’m braver, stronger, more comfy in my own skin. You’re right, it is exhausting to be defensive.

  2. Judah’s transformation is one of my favorites in the Bible. It’s also incredible to see how much of a leader he becomes. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Christ’s line descends from Judah and Tamar. It is an incredible story of redemption and transformation, and Judah foreshadows Christ by freely offering himself in place of Benjamin.

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