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GOD SAVED JOSEPH AND HIS FAMILY IN THE TIME OF FAMINE

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Genesis 42-45, During a severe famine, Joseph's brothers came to buy food in Egypt where Joseph lived. Joseph said to them "I am a God-fearing man and I’m going to take a chance that you are honorable; so you may go on home with grain for your families; but bring your youngest brother back to me. If you are telling me the truth, I will spare you.” Speaking among themselves, they said, “This happened because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his terror and anguish and heard his pleadings, but we didn’t listen.” And now we are going to die because we murdered him.” Joseph left the room and found a place where he cried and then came back into the room and told them to return home to Canaan. When the famine in Canaan became strong again, Judah said to his father, “Send Benjamin with me. If I don’t bring him back to you, I will bear the blame forever and Jacob agreed. When Judah and his brothers, returned to Egypt, Joseph saw that Benjamin was with them. He wept aloud and said to his brothers, “Is my father still alive? I am Joseph, your brother whom you sold into Egypt! But don’t be angry with yourselves, for God did it! He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives so you will become a great nation. Yes, it was God who sent me here, not you! And he has made me a counselor to Pharaoh, and manager of this entire nation. Hurry, and tell your father God has made me chief of all the land of Egypt. Come down to me right away! You shall live in the land of Goshen so that you can be near me with all your children, your grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all that you have. I will take care of you there." FRIENDS, EVEN IN THE TIME OF FAMINE, GOD SUSTAINED JOSEPH AND HIS FAMILY. JOSEPH UNDERSTOOD GOD'S PLAN AND WAS ABLE TO FORGIVE HIS BROTHERS. Romans 8:28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.

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