Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Joseph's Brothers Bible Study
Joseph and His Brothers Bible Story Lesson
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Joseph's Brothers Bible study looking into the thought provoking
Joseph and his Brothers Bible story and how it affects your
be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Joseph's Brothers Warning
Joseph and His Brothers Bible Story Explained
Aha! There you are! Knew you'd be back soon to find out what happened
after our last story. Let's refresh our mind's a little, shall we?
Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams. For his blessed insight, he
was put in charge of the land of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. There
were seven years of plenty and Joseph stored food for Egypt for the
anticipated famine. Then the famine struck the whole earth. People
from other countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy corn.
Right about now you're probably wondering how Israel and Joseph's
brothers are faring back in Canaan, so let's take a look in on them
and find out. As we said once before, you can have all the money in
the world, but money can't make the land grow food ... however, it
can buy it. Now, when Israel heard that there was corn in Egypt, he
said to his sons, Don't just stand there staring at one another,
there's corn in Egypt. Go down there and buy some so we don't starve
to death. So Joseph's ten brothers left for Egypt, but Israel didn't
let Benjamin, Joseph's youngest brother, go with them in case
anything bad happened.
When Joseph's brothers got there, they bowed down in front of him
with their faces to the ground. Joseph knew who they were, but they
didn't recognize him. He didn't reveal his identity to them, but
talked through an interpreter to them and asked roughly, Where are
you from? They answered him, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
Joseph's Brothers Payback
Joseph and His Brothers Bible Story Justice
Joseph remembered the dreams he had about them, and said to them,
You're spies! You've come to see the weakness of the land. They
replied, No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food. We are all
the sons of one man, we are honest men, your servants aren't spies.
Joseph repeated himself, No, to see the weakness of the land is why
you're here. They told Joseph, Your servants are twelve brothers, the
sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest stayed home with
our father, and one has died.
Joseph said to them, Prove that you aren't spies by bringing your
youngest brother here. One of you will go and get him and the rest
will stay in prison until they return. He put all of them together in
jail for three days. On the third day he said to them, Do this and
live, because I respect God. If you are honest men, let one of your
brothers be held in prison. Go take corn to your houses, but bring
your youngest brother back to me, then you will prove your innocence
and you will not die.
In their minds, they were remembering what they did to Joseph and
knew that it was coming back to haunt them. Thinking that Joseph
could not understand them because of the interpreter, they said to
one another, We are so guilty about what we did to Joseph. We saw the
anguish in his soul when he pleaded with us and we wouldn't listen.
That's why this is happening. Reuben said, I warned you not to sin
against him, but you wouldn't listen, so now we're paying for it.
Joseph turned his back to them so they couldn't see his face, and
wept. Then he faced them again and tied Simeon up in front of them
all. He gave orders to his servants to fill their sacks with corn and
put every man's money back in his sack along with food for the way.
Joseph's Brothers Revenge
Joseph and His Brothers Bible Story Fears and Tears
They left for Canaan and when they came to the inn on the way, one of
them opened his sack to get food for his donkey, and saw his money.
He said to his brothers, The money that I used to pay for the corn is
still in my sack! This worried them terribly, and they said to one
another, Why has God done this to us?
When they got home, they told Israel everything that happened, and
when they emptied their sacks, each and every man's money was back in
his sack. When they and their father saw it, they were all afraid.
Israel said, Joseph is gone, Simeon is gone and you will take
Benjamin away too. All these things are against me.
And Reuben said, Kill my two sons if I don't bring Benjamin home to
you. Let me take him and I will bring him back again. But Israel
couldn't part with Benjamin, even with Reuben's solemn promise.
Israel said, My son will not go down with you. His brother is dead
and he's left alone. If anything happens to him, you'll send me in
sorrow to my grave.
Joseph's Brothers Summary
Joseph and His Brothers Bible Story Conclusion
If you stop and think about this story, not many people would have
blamed Joseph if he put all his brothers in prison and left it at
that for what they did to him when he was younger. He could have sold
all of them as slaves, just as they did to him. He could have done
many things in revenge of how they wronged him. But this man, blessed
by God through the many years since it happened, and through many
circumstances, both fortunate and unfortunate, chose to act
differently. We'll continue this story in our next Daily Bread, so
come back and join us.
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare