SUBJ: The answer to the dreams
Joseph had many years before is realized with the ten brothers going to
Egypt for relief and the testing Joseph imposed on them in bringing them
to themselves and to deal with their sin against him.
AIM: That we might be moved to be
in a way of repentance before Him who knows all before we come, and thus
to sue for mercy and long for grace and His glory.
INTR: It had been a long torturous
journey for Joseph but now he is in the position to bring the
deliverances that suited the purpose of God and the plan of redemption.
1. This chapter presents some difficulties for preaching in that we find
preparations but not the actual deliverances brought about. We see
Christ but in the role of one trying them regarding their sin.
2. Often, we must not only be
examined in the sense of that which is well known by the Lord, but also,
to be brought to the place of reckoning within ourselves.
would here put his brethren, the ten, through some rigorous testing that
they might discoverer their true character to themselves and so be
prepared for the mercy and forgiveness that would follow.
THESIS: It is well that we
self-examine often and determine how much of what we were is affecting
what we are in the present (we are given to such thoughts as "I have
always been that way").
I. The stage is set for trial (vv. 6-11)
1. We consider the account of them arriving in
Egypt and why as the providential work of the Lord - it well may be that
He brought Joseph to Egypt and the famine to bring the brothers and
Jacob to the land.
2. Joseph was to witness the interpretation of the
dreams he had had many years before and witness them bowing in complete
obeisance to him.
3. Joseph knew his brethren on sight but was
careful not identify himself to them and appeared as an Egyptian.
He challenged the fact that they had come to buy food and rather put
them on the course to be proven and to be discovered.
5. When he
called them spies, he elicited from them and assertion they would be
called upon to prove and they would fail in most of it.
1) They were
the sons of Jacob and that was true
2) They denied being spies which
was true but
3) They called themselves "true men" which he knew was
6. But he would press them further.
II. Testing begun
1. He pressed the accusation of spying further - there
was something he needed to know
2. There answer became more detailed
and as they identified themselves now as
1) Ten of twelve brethren
and revealed that both Benjamin and Jacob were still alive
acutely remembered what they had done to him out of jealousy and feared
they might have harmed or even killed his younger brother as they had
thought to do to him.
3. These men were of questionable character to
say the least and yet Joseph loved them still
4. Voddie Baucham saw
seven tests applied to these men and I will briefly share them with you:
1) Is Benjamin alive and this test they passed.
2) Will someone go
get Benjamin while the rest are being held (they were bound three days
to decide and the solution finally came from Joseph.
3) Will someone
volunteer to stay - Simeon was forcibly restrained. (Simeon may have
been the most violent (the matter with Diana and it is suggested that he
wanted kill Joseph).
4) Will someone come for Simeon? We will come
back to this thought.
5) How will they respond to the money? This was
an intended source of consternation to them and their honesty was being
6) Would Jacob trust them? He certainly did not and knew of
their treachery in the past and
7) Would Benjamin (who was a grown
man by now) be willing to go with them?
5. Benjamin must be brought
else they would die
III. Confession and repentance (vv. 21-28ff)
1. Seeing their circumstance before this man whom they feared would kill
them memories of past deeds began to be rehearsed.
1) They were all a
party to what happened to Joseph
2) Reuben reminds them of his
attempt to stop the crime but was ineffective
3) Now they sensed that
his blood (supposing him to be dead) was to be required of them.
The reaction of Joseph is a source of amazement to us: Here we see the
love of Christ manifested in this and we remember, I say unto you, that
likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more
than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. (Luke
1) It is again an evidence of the loving them in despite what
they had done and
2) Perhaps, even the joy that restoration was soon
3. And so, the departure takes place with Simeon in an
Egyptian prison as Joseph had been to await the outcome of his brother’s
4. It was now for them to deal with Jacob and the matter of the
money and the stage was set for forgiveness to be exercised in
accordance with the purpose of God and the example of Christ.