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Genesis 43 - NIRV

Joseph's Brothers Go Down to Egypt Again

1 There still wasn't enough food anywhere in the land. 2 After a while Jacob's family had eaten all of the grain the brothers had brought from Egypt.

So their father said to them, "Go back. Buy us a little more food."

3 But Judah said to him, "The man gave us a strong warning. He said, 'You won't see my face again unless your brother comes with you.' 4 So send our brother along with us. Then we'll go down and buy food for you.

5 "If you won't send him, we won't go down. The man said to us, 'You won't see my face again unless your brother comes with you.' "

6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble to me? Why did you tell the man you had another brother?"

7 They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?'

"We just answered his questions. How could we possibly know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"

8 Judah spoke to Israel his father. "Send the boy along with me," he said. "We'll go at once. Then we and you and our children will live and not die.

9 "I myself promise to keep him safe. You can hold me accountable for him. I'll bring him back to you. I'll set him right here in front of you. If I don't, you can put the blame on me for the rest of my life.

10 "As it is, we've already waited too long. We could have gone to Egypt and back twice by now."

11 Then their father Israel spoke to them. He said, "If that's the way it has to be, then do what I tell you. Put some of the best things from our land in your bags. Take them down to the man as a gift. Take some lotion and a little honey. Take some spices and myrrh. Take some pistachio nuts and almonds. 12 Take twice the amount of money with you. You have to give back the money that was put in your sacks. Maybe it was a mistake.

13 "Also take your brother. Go back to the man at once. 14 May the Mighty God cause him to show you mercy. May the man let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. And if I lose my sons, I lose them."

15 So the men took the gifts. They took twice the amount of money. They also took Benjamin. They hurried down to Egypt and went to Joseph.

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he spoke to the manager of his house. "Take these men to my house," he said. "Kill an animal and prepare dinner. I want them to eat with me at noon."

17 The manager did what Joseph told him to do. He took the men to Joseph's house.

18 They were afraid when they were taken to Joseph's house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the money that was put back in our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us. Then he can hold us as slaves and take our donkeys."

19 So they went up to Joseph's manager. They spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20 "Please, sir," they said. "We came down here the first time to buy food. 21 We opened our sacks at the place where we stopped for the night. Each of us found in our sacks the money we had paid. So we've brought it back with us. 22 We've also brought more money with us to buy food. We don't know who put our money in our sacks."

23 "It's all right," the manager said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you riches in your sacks. I received your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.

24 The manager took the men into Joseph's house. He gave them water to wash their feet. He provided feed for their donkeys. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph. He was planning to arrive at noon. They had heard that they were going to eat there.

26 When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought into the house. They bowed down to the ground in front of him.

27 He asked them how they were. Then he said, "How is your old father you told me about? Is he still living?"

28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to show him honor.

29 Joseph looked around. Then he saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son. He asked, "Is this your youngest brother? Is he the one you told me about?" He continued, "May God be gracious to you, my son."

30 It moved him deeply to see his brother. So Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to cry. He went into his own room and cried there.

31 Then he washed his face and came out. He calmed down and said, "Serve the food."

32 They served Joseph by himself. They served the brothers by themselves. They also served the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves. Because of their beliefs, Egyptians couldn't eat with Hebrews.

33 The brothers had been given places in front of Joseph. They had been seated in the order of their ages, from the oldest to the youngest. That made them look at each other in great surprise.

34 While they were eating, some food was brought to them from Joseph's table. Benjamin was given five times as much as anyone else. So all of Joseph's brothers ate and drank a lot with him.

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Shared by: Jeffrey Sims on Dec, 2016
Summary: This is a sermon for the new year . Hopefully it will get people to realize that as bad as we think things are we are not alone in our struggles. With God our situation can always change for the better.
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Joseph Triumphant
Scripture: Genesis 43:24-28
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 174
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Key to the palace of Egypt
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2015
Summary: To show figuratively that we are the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, we are given this power and authority, we can use to dine and drink even here on earth and when we come to our mansions. John 14:2 (King James Version) In my Father's house are many man
Scripture: Genesis 43:16
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 497
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Favor before men and release
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2015
Summary: To show that GOD ALMIGHTY gives us mercy and favor before men and sent the release for us. 1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for
Scripture: Genesis 43:14
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Bruce Lee avatar
Five Times the Welcome
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Sep, 2015
Summary: How is your hospitality? The story of Joseph and the coat of many colors teaches us to have an attitude of five times the welcome.
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Scripture: Genesis 43:33-34
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 3,835
Manny Salva Cruz avatar
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Sep, 2014
Summary: For many Christians, there is a famine for God's Word that can easily affect their ability to face their problems. But it is possible to have spiritual feasting in the insurmountable riches of Christ. Let us learn from these characters from Genesis.
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It’s about time…to grow up!
Shared by: allan kircher on Apr, 2014
Summary: If you are growing as you should, you are closer to Him today than you were when you got saved.
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 497
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Shared by: allan kircher on Apr, 2014
Summary: God does not need us or anything we possess. So, what could we possibly give to Him?
Series: Joseph
Scripture: Genesis 43:11-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 385
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Shared by: josh foster on Mar, 2014
Summary: What if you took a step beyond privately forgiving those who’ve hurt, betrayed, caused you suffering? What if you prepared a feast on their behalf and showed them love and mercy ~ whether it was done in secret, or whether it was done personally? What if
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Genesis 43-45
Shared by: John Shearhart on Mar, 2014
Summary: God uses even evil deeds to serve His purpose in preserving a remnant for Israel.
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-45:28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 445
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JESUS promised Himself not anyone else
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2014
Summary: To show that CHRIST promised Himself for us, so we have the Firm Foundation, Himself, living in us.
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The Freedom of Forgiveness
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jun, 2013
Summary: Joseph's restoration with his brothers teaches us that we can be free by forgiving those who have harmed us. In this way, Joseph is a picture of Christ - the one who forgives us and the model for the way that we should forgive others.
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“Generational Conflict” Blessing Others Through Humility and Respect
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jun, 2013
Summary: Generational Conflict is not new. We learn from the Joseph story that Humility from the Old will encourage the young to accomplish great things, and Respect from the young will provide honor that is due to their seniors.
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-34
Views: 2,048
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Reactions to Famine Time
Shared by: Greg Powell on Mar, 2013
Summary: God is beginning to break the hearts and stir the consciences of Jacob and his sons. While still in the middle of the famine, we can learn much from their wrong reactions to the famine and the sin that was a very real part of their lives
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-18
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Views: 888
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-32
Denomination: Church Of God
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Antidote for Anxiety
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Oct, 2011
Summary: If we want to overcome our fears, then we must always remember: God is faithful and we are forgiven.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-34
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 890
Rich  Anderson avatar
The Life Of Joseph - Part 5
Shared by: Rich Anderson on Feb, 2011
Summary: God created us to walk with Him, to trust Him, and believe in Him, just like the life of Joseph.
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-34
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 777
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Conflict and Offence
Shared by: Sean Harder on Sep, 2010
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-46:34
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Views: 3,609
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Riddin' Stinkin' Thinkin'
Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2010
Summary: In this sermon, we focus on Jacob, Joseph's father, and his negative, faithless attitude. We learn how to overcome those challenges and learn to trust God more.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:36-43:14
Views: 2,466
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Amazing Grace
Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2010
Summary: In this sermon, we recognize the analogy between the feast of grace that Joseph placed before his brothers, the one that God places before us.
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Scripture: Genesis 43:15-34
Views: 1,437
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Shared by: Carl Allen on May, 2010
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Scripture: Genesis 43:11-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,945
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Swimming in a Sea of Emotion
Shared by: Carl Allen on May, 2010
Summary: I want to take this passage and preach on the subject Swimming in a Sea of Emotions. Emotions are something we deal with every day of our lives. They are powerful and they can control our lives if we allow them to. Now, emotions, or feelings, are not bad
Series: Joseph
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Scripture: Genesis 43:15-34
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Views: 1,672
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Discipline Leads to Joy!
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2009
Summary: God disciplines Christians when they mess up not to punish them but to reveal the awesome glory of Christ!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-34
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 465
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Trading the Superficial for the Substantial
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Jun, 2008
Summary: A sermon all about choices and sacrifice. Are you hungry for the spices of life or the corn of the Kingdom?
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,731
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How To Deal With Lifes Greatest Changes
Shared by: Chris Kelly on Nov, 2006
Summary: This series follows the life of Joseph as he enrolls in the "School of Hard Knocks". Learn how you too can be victorious no matter what life throws at you.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-14
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 7,335
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Character on Trial
Shared by: Dean O'Bryan on Jul, 2006
Summary: The sixth message in a series from the life of Joseph
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-45:15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,611
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Displacing Fear with Grace
Shared by: Duane Brown on Feb, 2006
Summary: 6th sermon in the joseph series with a salvation twist
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-21
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 771
Toby Powers avatar
Honey For The Journey
Shared by: Toby Powers on Dec, 2005
Summary: There is sweetness and strength in serving God.
based on 38 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 43:11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,075
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Joseph Foreshadows Jesus
Shared by: William Mouser on Feb, 2005
Summary: The person and mission of Jesus the Messiah was foreshadowed centuries before in the person and mission of Joseph.
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Scripture: Genesis 43:1-34
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 3,950
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Keys to Reconciliation
Shared by: Paul Fritz on Sep, 2003
Summary: Keys to reconciling with God and people
based on 40 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 43:1-50:25
Views: 2,562