When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and kill an animal and make [a meal] ready; for the men will dine with me at noon.” So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house. The men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and [expecting the worst] they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time [we came] that we are being brought in, so that he may find a reason to accuse us and assail us, and take us as slaves, and seize our donkeys.”So they approached the steward of Joseph’s house, and talked with him at the entrance of the house, and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down here the first time to buy food; and when we arrived at the inn [after leaving here], we opened our sacks and there was each man’s money [with which he had paid for grain], in full, returned in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back [this time]. We have also brought down with us additional money to buy food; we do not know who put our money [back] in our sacks [last time].” But the steward [encouraged them and] said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid; your God and the God of your father has [miraculously] given you treasure in your sacks. I [already] had your money [which you paid to us].” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Genesis 43:16-23 (AMP)
Today’s devotion reveals the heart of the man in charge, Joseph. We already know he possesses so much power being second in command to Pharaoh, not to mention being the only One selling grain to the world in a severe famine. Literally those who didn’t buy grain during that period died of hunger.
We have seen his power, now let’s examine the heart that he possesses. The moment Joseph saw Benjamin, he gave instructions for the preparation of a dinner. His brothers were back and this time, they heeded to his commands. Joseph as we already established in previous devotions, he is a shadow of Christ Jesus. Check out the post titled The Only way. His brothers are a shadow of all the Israelites generations that lived under the covenant of the ten commandments, Benjamin is a shadow of us, who lived after the death of Jesus Christ at the cross, we who live under the covenant of grace. The covenant of grace is typified by Rachel the mother of both Joseph and Benjamin.
When Joseph saw his little brother, he gave orders to the steward of the house, the steward of the house is the unnamed servant, the Holy Spirit. I previously published about this in the blog titled The Unamed Servant . The orders involved killing an animal and make a meal for all his brothers for they will dine Him at noon. The death of the animal, they were about to eat represents the death of Christ at the cross for the atonement of our sins which then gives us access to having communion with Him.
I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).” John 6:51(AMP)
This means that because another paid the prize for their atrocious acts, betraying their brother, they were forgiven. They could share a meal, have communion with Him. The test was to ascertain whether his brothers had truly came to repentance over what they did, this we have already covered from a previous devotion titled Discretion .
The heart of the King is full of grace and mercy and with the immeasurable surpassing greatness of power He possesses, He uses His power to bless His enemies. What an impeccable character!!! This is our Lord Jesus Christ, isn’t He lovely. He is such an incredible King, He leads by example. At the cross before He died He asked His Father, now our Father, to forgive us for putting Him there. He instruct us to love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him] Matthew 5:44-45 (AMP).
Meanwhile, His brothers don’t understand this kind of love. They font understands that the money been returned to their sacks was a blessing and they cannot earn it neither can they buy, by returning the extra money or give Him gifts to buy his kindness. The steward ( the Holy Spirit) put them at rest, “Shalom”, He said and went on to acknowledge God for their blessings. How awesome, been good and kind to your enemies is to the point that they are afraid. How awesome is the heart of the King of kings.
1. Matthew 5:44-45
2. The heart of Christ the King is full of grace and mercy and with the immeasurable surpassing greatness of power He possesses, He uses His power to bless His enemies.
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