Athlete, Give Thanks

*This series was written by the AIA staff team at the University of Virginia

Read Genesis 44

Is Joseph just toying with his brothers?  By human standards, he definitely has the right to toy with them a little, but that is not what is happening.  Joseph is testing his ten half-brothers to see how they will treat the only other son of Rachel, Benjamin, who replaced Joseph as the favored child.  He is providing them an opportunity to show that they have had a change of heart, and they do not disappoint.  Judah again takes the lead and follows through on his promise to be Benjamin's substitute!

Question for Reflection and Prayer

In the preceding chapters, we've seen remorse, a sort of confession, forgiveness, and grace in the experience of Jacob's sons.  God's forgiveness and grace toward us is never in vain.  A true experience of forgiveness and grace always leads to life-change, as we see in this chapter.  Give thanks for the ways that you have seen and are seeing God change your life.  In what areas do you need to continue to see him produce heart and character change?  Ask him to show you.

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