Sunday, November 14, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 50 Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt

 God’s Timeline – Part 50

Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON TIMELINE (2021 A.D. = 5781 Jewish Calendar Year)

 -         Creation Week (Approximately 3700 - 4000 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World

-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood (2348 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons

-         Tower of Babel (Approximately 2200 B.C.)

 -         God calls Abram (1921 B.C. 75 years old)

o   Abram and Lot part ways (1915 B.C.)

o   Rescue of Lot (1914 B.C.)

-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (1910 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom

-         Birth of Isaac (1897 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (1876 B.C.)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (1860 B.C. Abraham is 136)

-         Isaac marries Rebekah (1857 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

 -         Jacob and Esau are born (1837 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (1822 B.C. Isaac was 75)

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1857 B.C.)

o   Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael

o   Jacob travels to his grandfather’s family to find a wife (1819 B.C.)

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel

§  Levi is born (1749 B.C.)

§  Joseph is born (1741 B.C.)

§  Benjamin is born (1731 B.C.)

o   Jacob fled Laban and is pursued

o   Jacob Prepares to meet Esau

o   Jacob Wrestles with God & Becomes Israel

o   Jacob Meets with Esau after 20 Years

o   Jacob’s Daughter Raped by Shechem

o   Jacob Returns to Bethel

o   The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac (1716 B.C. Isaac was 180 years old)

-         Joseph’s Dreams (Joseph is seventeen at the time)

o   Joseph Sold by His Brothers (1724 B.C.)

o   Joseph Imprisoned

o   Joseph interprets dreams while in prison

o   Joseph Interprets the Pharaoh’s Dream

o   Joseph enters the service of Pharaoh (1711 B.C. 7 years abundance begins)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt (Approx. 1704 B.C. begins 7-year famine)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt




After meeting with Joseph for food during the worldwide famine, not recognizing Joseph, they were questioned by Joseph and accused of being spies.


After spending three days in prison, Joseph gives them the food they ask for and tells them to return with Benjamin to “prove they are telling the truth, and not spies”.


Before they left Egypt, Joseph had his men return their silver secretly into their packs of food before their journey home.




Genesis 42:35-38; Genesis 43

35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”

37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.”

38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”



a.      The brothers discover the silver pouches had been returned to their grain bags

                                              i.      The silver is there because God was leading Joseph through the Holy Spirit on how to handle this situation


                                           ii.      Joseph had spiritual gifts, as we saw with the dreams where he displayed Discernment, Knowledge, and Wisdom


                                        iii.      The wisdom of God led Joseph to handle this situation correctly


                                         iv.      God was blessing Josephs family by returning their silver, however, because of the brother’s sin 20 years earlier, they viewed all that God did as setting them up for punishment

1.      When Joseph told them they could leave but one must stay, and when they return bring Benjamin, Genesis 42:21 reveals they thought because of their guilt, they were being punished because of their sin.


2.      It is the same today, we need to understand the difference between condemnation and conviction, both of which can feel like guilt


a.      Condemnation is from the devil and makes us want to run away from God and hide like Adam and eve did.


b.      Conviction is from the Holy Spirit and makes us want to run to God and seek forgiveness


3.      Everything Joseph has done with his brothers is led by the Holy Spirit to bring them into a confession of their sin


b.     They explained to Jacob what took place in Egypt

                                              i.      From the way they speak in verses 29-35, it seems they have grown in 20 years, and matured somewhat, though they had further to go.


                                           ii.      There is another foreshadowing about to take place



c.      Jacob feels everything is against him

                                              i.      Jacob thinks Joseph is dead | Israel will think Jesus is dead (and deny He rose)

                                           ii.      Verses 36-38 speak of Jacob’s Great Sorrow

                                        iii.      The Great Tribulation period is called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”

                                         iv.      But then it says, “but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7) Just like Jacob will be saved out of this sorrow!




a.      Jacob refused to send Benjamin

                                              i.      Genesis 43:1 “Now the famine was still severe in the land.”

1.      Just as it will be during Tribulation, the worldwide famine of the Holy Spirit

                                           ii.      Jacob still resisted sending Benjamin


b.     There was no other way to get more food from Egypt

                                              i.      Judah spoke up in Verse 8 promising to protect Benjamin and return him

1.      Reuben, the firstborn, should have taken the lead in all matters, however, it was Judah who stepped up.


2.      Allegorically speaking, Judah stands in the position of leadership, because Jesus will come from the tribe of Judah.



c.      Judah promises Jacob that Benjamin will be safe and return

                                              i.      In verse 6 we saw Jacob once again referred to as Israel, and every time you see this, you know Jacob is acting out of Faith


                                           ii.      Jacob didn’t want to send Benjamin, however, the Holy Spirit prompted him to do so, God pushing through famine and drought, it MUST be done if Jacob’s people were to eat and live.


1.      This was God’s Will, that Benjamin goes to Joseph




a.      They bring twice as much silver and other gifts for Joseph

                                              i.      Why? Because they wanted to prove they were honest men.


                                           ii.      They had grown in 20 years.


                                        iii.      The men took the best fruits of the land, balm, honey, spices, myrrh, nuts, and almonds, as well as double the silver.



b.     After arriving Joseph sends them to his house for a meal

                                              i.      Joseph sees them far off with Benjamin and calls for them to be taken to his house for a great meal.


1.      Remember, because of their guilt and sin which has yet to be confessed, they thought everything taking place was a trap.


2.      Sin, unconfessed and held secret in our hearts, slowly eats us and distorts our worldview.


a.      Psalm 32:3 “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.”


b.     David's sins had robbed him of joy and gladness. The phrase "joy and gladness" implies a deep joy. Pardon restores the joy that sin steals. David's sin had affected him emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically. He felt that the conviction God had brought upon him had a bone-crushing effect. He longed for relief from his pain. His contrite confession would bring him relief and deep joy.


c.      The return of the prodigal son to the father illustrates what happens when a prodigal believer returns to his heavenly Father and confesses his waywardness. The father in the Luke 15 story welcomed his penitent son with open arms, outfitted him with a new robe, put a ring on his finger, and gave him new shoes. But he did even more. He hosted a glad celebration for his son.



c.      They were seated from the firstborn to the youngest

                                              i.      Seated according to their age, beginning with Reuben


                                           ii.      It must have confounded the brothers. How did this leader in Egypt know their birth order?




When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.


The number 5 is the number of the Grace of God.


The name Benjamin means “my strong right hand”, which is a reference to Christ sitting at the throne.


Joseph, a type of Christ, about to reveal himself after “Jacob’s trouble”


This is a picture of the Jews (the brothers) coming back to Christ (Joseph) and the Grace of God will be given to them.


The dreams of Joseph fulfilled in his lifetime, as well as a prophetic picture of the coming tribulation, and the reconciliation of the Lord and Israel.


Next week we will read about a silver cup placed within a sack



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