Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Genesis 44:20 (KJV) True Cleansing

Genesis 44:20 (KJV)
And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
Genesis 44:27-28 (KJV)
And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:
Joseph took his brothers through a series of tests to prove them:
  • They brought Benjamin, proving he was still alive
  • They did not grow envious when Joseph gave Benjamin five times as much as to them and
  • Judah protected Benjamin, offering himself as a servant rather than breaking his father’s heart with the loss of his youngest 
Joseph was then satisfied with his test but I do not believe the brothers were free of their burden yet. Twice Judah mentioned Joseph, once claiming him to be dead and the second time repeating the lie they had forced their father to live with for two decades.
True cleansing cannot happen until there is confession and acknowledgement of the sin and then faith in the promise of God to forgive it.
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Genesis 44:20 (KJV) True Cleansing

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