All Is Revealed

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 45 I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. (v. 4) If Joseph had written in his diary after the events in this passage, what might he have said? DIARY: I wasn’t sure this day would ever come. I finally broke down and revealed my identity to my brothers. I have to admit, I enjoyed seeing the looks on their faces! I also have to admit that I was more than ready to drop the …

Full Circle

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 44 Please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord. (v. 33) If Judah had written in his diary after the events in this passage, what might he have said? DIARY: Just when we thought it was over—it wasn’t. We were on our way home when the steward caught up with us and accused us of theft. To make a long story short, they found the governor’s silver cup in Benjamin’s …

Family Reunion

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 43:16-34 Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? (v. 29) If Benjamin had written in his diary after the events in this passage, what might he have said? DIARY: I felt bad for my dad when we left for Egypt, but I couldn’t help being excited, too! It seems like I’m always the one who is left behind. “Stay close to the tent, Ben!” Dad is always saying. But now I’m finally off …

Desperate Measures

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 43:1-15 As for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. (v. 14) If Jacob (that is, Israel) had written in his diary after the events in this passage, what might he have said? DIARY: Once I had twelve sons; soon I may have none. First I lost Joseph. Now they insist on taking Benjamin with them to Egypt. They left Simeon there the last time—who knows if he’s still alive. Who knows if …

Poetic Justice?

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 42:18-38 What is this that God has done to us? (v. 28) If Reuben had written in his diary during the events in this passage, what might he have said? DIARY: What a nightmare. That governor is like a dog with a bone. For some reason he’s gotten it into his head that we’re spies. He said he’d only believe we’re innocent if we bring back our youngest brother as proof of our story. It would kill …

Turnabout

Carol Bechtel

READ : Genesis 42:1-17 And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. (v. 6) If Joseph had written in his diary after recognizing his brothers, what might he have said? DIARY: You’ll never believe who showed up to buy grain today! If they hadn’t been so busy bowing they would surely have seen the shock on my face. And if they had recognized me, they would also have recognized the exquisite irony of …