Paul McKenzie

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Devotion

Memory Verse, Monday, December 5: Genesis 42:7

“Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them.”

I title this: “Food “RuN” for Joseph’s brothers” (“RuN” can only mean 42 in the phonetic memory alphabet to help remind us that this is in chapter 42)

Here is the perfect opportunity for Joseph to get his revenge on his brothers. He was pretty rough on them, and made them quite miserable, but in the end, we’ll see that he is not like they are, and forgives them.

Right now, he’s going to have a little “payback” time. And here, I think, is where he is certainly not quite like Jesus. He falsely accuses his brothers of being spies, and takes poor Simeon into custody until they bring his little brother to him.

It may have gotten worse had he not heard their conversation expressing their guilt, and Reuben’s rebuke. We see that he could not contain himself and wept away from their sight. When they run out of food again, Jacob/Israel refuses to allow them to take Benjamin. Makes you wonder how long poor old Simeon was stuck in Egypt.

Reuben stands out as the best of the lot again, in a way, offering his two sons to be killed if he does not bring back young Benjamin. I would think offering himself would have been the more manly thing, but maybe that wouldn’t have affected Jacob, seeing he didn’t care much that Simeon was languishing an Egyptian prison, for all he knew. And it looks like this did not impact his decision either, for we see Jacob maintaining his refusal at the end of this chapter.

We see the “reap what you sow” principle happening here with these rotten guys. And we do see the heart of Joseph, who could have put his brothers into slavery at the snap of his fingers. Sin will always find you out, or should I say, God will always punish sin, if not in this life, you can be sure it will happen in the life to come.

There isn’t a scale of good and bad being weighed by God. There is a book of works written for each one of us, and Jesus said: I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:35-37) We are being judged even for careless words, for our words display what is in our hearts. Works are an outgrowth of a sinful heart festering up to a sinful act.

Don’t get the mistaken notion that you’ve been pretty good, so you have a chance. You know in your heart that you are completely sinful in thought, and will never reach the standards of the perfect Almighty God. You’re probably so sinful that you cannot believe that God can be without sin! But He is, and only sinlessness enters the Eternal Kingdom. He provided you the only way to perfection, and that is bowing before the Son of His Love, God the Son, Jesus the Messiah.

You do not measure up to others, you measure up to God, and God alone. You need to say, like David did in Psalm 51:4: “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.”

The others who suffer by your sinfulness are collateral damage, for if you serve God, you would not have done the things you have done. Just like we’ll see Joseph amazingly forgive his brothers, we see the opportunity our Heavenly Father has given us, as God the Son willingly sacrificed Himself for your sake and mine.

You, right now, have this opportunity: “For, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.

Memory Helps:

“Food “RuN” for Joseph’s brothers”

If you want to add verse 7 to the chapter, you could say: a “Perfect” storm for Joseph to pay back his brothers.” 7 is considered the biblical number of perfection.

Quick phonetic alphabet review: 0=S or Z/ 1=t, or d/ 2=N/ 3=M/ 4=R/ 5=L/ 6=J,sh,ch/ 7=K or hard g/ 8=F or V/9=P or b/

All vowels are fillers.


Unless noted, Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV® Copyright © 1973,1978,1984,2011 by Biblica, Inc.

Many of my memory techniques were greatly influenced by Harry Lorayne and shared with his permission. Learn more about him at his “MEMORY POWER” website: Harry Lorayne's Memory Power