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  •  Genesis 43

    Scripture: Genesis 43:1-17

    Observation: The food has run out, and Jacob tells his sons they need to go back to Egypt and buy more. Judah reminds his father that they cannot go back without Benjamin. He promises his father that Benjamin will come back, and Judah holds himself totally responsible for his youngest brother. Jacob realizes he must relent. He sends his sons, including Benjamin, with the money that had been given back to them in their sacks so they can return it, double that money to buy more grain, and additional gifts of balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachios and almonds. He blesses them, and they go on their way. When they arrive in Egypt, Joseph sees his brother, and orders an animal slaughtered so that his brothers can dine with him.

    Application: I am most impressed with Jacob's reaction. It must be difficult to let his youngest son leave, but what really caught my attention was all that he sent to purchase more grain. He knew that the first grain purchased was not legitimately paid for, since the money was found in their sacks. Jacob could have counted it as good fortune that his money was returned to him, even if it were by mistake. Instead, he made sure his sons returned the money, and took extra money to buy more food, with gifts besides. Jacob was not out to swindle anyone. If I am in a similar situation, what would I do? If I'm accidentally given extra change at the store, do I return it or keep it because it wasn't my mistake? Honesty goes beyond not telling lies. It means correcting errors, even those made unwittingly.

    Prayer: Father, I want to be a person of integrity, like Jacob was. It's not enough for me to be honest in what is seen, but I must also be honest in what is only seen by You. Do not allow me to be tempted into dishonesty, which would dishonor You. I know that honesty is extremely important to You, that You despise lies and deceit. Help me to be a woman that hates them as You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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