They would not mind telling you–The brothers were not looking forward to going back to Egypt. Sure, they had to go and retrieve Simeon–but, that Governor guy was mean and Israel was pretty clear about his letting Benjamin make the trip. Still, hunger was setting in. Wives and kids were affected–so despite the desire to avoid the conflict, The brothers knew they had to go back. It is interesting, however, that Judah was the leader of the brothers–he personally pledged his life for the family and for Benjamin. His heart, his response was a picture of what was to come for the lineage and the legacy.
It was inevitable that Joseph’s brothers would return to face him and it was inevitable that Judah the patriarch of the lineage of our Lord would be the family member willing to sacrifice his life for the lives of his brothers. God does not wing it! He knew from the beginning of time that this day would come and this journey would happen. He also knew that its outcome would change the course of the people of Israel and the world. There would be no plan B. Plan A was perfect down to the foreshadowing it exposed.
He is as careful in planning in our lives. So much that we face seems random and meaningless–but, then as we continue to trust and follow him; his glorious plan is revealed, and our lives and legacies are exposed to the glorious power of God. It is neither easy nor fun–but, it is amazing and can truly change the world–if we allow it. It may not change today or tomorrow–but our lives, in God’s hands, will inevitably impact the lives and the world we know.
God Bless You
Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”3 But Judah said to him, “The man warned us solemnly, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’”
6 Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?”
7 They replied, “The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. ‘Is your father still living?’ he asked us. ‘Do you have another brother?’ We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”
8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die. 9 I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life. 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice.”