"What is truth?"

Richard Huls

READ : John 18:28-38 During the month of March we have been looking at many questions persons asked in the book of Genesis. We have included some references to Lent because this is the month when many Christians contemplate the events associated with Jesus’ death. Today we conclude by looking at life’s most important question, “What is truth?” It incorporates all the questions we have asked. The passages we read in Genesis have told us about our strengths and weaknesses. …

"What if Joseph pays us back in full for all the wrong we did to him?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 50:15-21 After their father died, the brothers of Joseph ask themselves, “What will Joseph do to us now? They were gripped by fear and remorse. The fear people have of God punishing them for their sins can be as intensive as the brothers’ question. I remember an experience I had as a fledgling seminary student. A long-time friend and Sunday school teacher was about to die. He had been an elder in my church. When I called …

"Why have you repaid Good with evil?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 44:1-5 Joseph decided to teach a lesson to his brothers who sold him as a slave. The third time they came to Egypt to buy food, they brought Benjamin, Joseph’s younger blood brother. Joseph told his servant to place his own silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. After they left, Joseph sent his servant to threaten them with this question, “Why did you repay good with evil?” (niv) They are thunderstruck with fear. Regrettably, repaying good with evil …

"Why are you staring at one another?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 42:1-7 I love this question of Jacob! There is a famine in Jacob’s land. The people are hungry. Worse, they feel helpless. They just sit around moping all day, staring at one another. Finally, Jacob cannot take it any more and in disgust, cries out, “Why are you staring at one another?” He decides to break the spirit of hopelessness, inactivity, pessimism and despair. He offers hope by saying, “There is grain in Egypt. Go get some!” …

"Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 41:25-45 Being guided by God’s Spirit was Joseph’s special gift. Pharaoh was impressed with his ability to tell the meaning of dreams and to make a plan to survive the coming great famine. It would take a very special person, one who had the Spirit of God in him. In biblical times those who could accurately foretell dreams and God’s will were regarded as special people, favored by God. How did one get such ability, to see …

"Why are your faces so sad today?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 40:1-8 We are all familiar with the happy face printed everywhere. Apparently the creator of this smiling face had no thought about the sensation it would create. We know the opposite face, the sad, angry, dejected one. In our reading we see sad, puzzled faces. Two men who worked for Pharaoh are now in prison. They had vivid dreams, but they can’t interpret them. This annoys them. When Joseph, who is their overseer, visits them in the …