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GENESIS 44:1-2 "And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken."

44:11-13 "Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city."



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FRAMED AGAIN!

Joseph directed his servant to fill his brother's sacks to capacity and to put their grain money back in their sacks. Then he gave a strange command; he told his servant to put his own silver cup in Benjamin's sack. Now why do you think he did that? The brothers left for home the following morning totally unaware of what they carried on their donkeys. They had been framed for the second time! But why did Joseph need to do this? Why couldn't he just tell them who he was instead of performing this trickery? He then sent his servant after his brothers and told him to accuse them of the theft. Upon hearing the servant's accusation, the brothers vehemently denied having taken anything from Joseph's house. So sure were they of their innocence they vowed, saying that if the cup was found with one of them that person would die and the rest would become bond servants to Joseph. The servant agreed that whoever harbored the cup would return to the city with him as an endentured servant.

Upon searching their possessions, to their utter surprise, the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. Of course only Benjamin, Joseph and the servant knew he was innocent. The other ten brothers naturally thought him to be guilty. Upon returning to Joseph, they all once again fell down at his feet. This is the fulfillment of Joseph's dreams twenty years earlier. Little did they know this was the brother they had sold into slavery and now he held their lives in his hands. We would do well to learn an important lesson here. Be carefrul of how you treat others! Your fate may fall into their hands some day for God has a way of bringing rectification in His own time!

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Why do you think Joseph had his cup hidden in Benjamin's sack? Why didn't he just tell his brothers who he was?

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