Learning Lessons

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 44:1-29

And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. At this they tore their clothes. (vv. 12-13)

Joseph was extremely clever. Once his brothers arrived in Egypt, he knew exactly what he was going to do. He wanted to see if they were changed men or if they were still the cruel, hate-filled brothers who had sold him into slavery. So he tested them. And the test centered around the youngest brother, Benjamin. Did the elder brothers care at all for him or was he, like Joseph, disposable?

As Joseph interacts with his brothers it becomes evident that they do care and that they have matured over the years. They really loved their father Jacob and didn’t want any undue stress to come upon him. And they wanted to protect Benjamin. When the silver cup which had been planted in Benjamin’s sack was found, the brothers tore their clothes! Not again! No harm must befall Jacob’s youngest son!

The beauty of these verses lies in seeing how the brothers have grown spiritually and emotionally. They had sinned in the past, but things would be different now. Never again would they intentionally hurt their father or brother.

Think about your own life. What lessons is God teaching you, perhaps through hardship, struggles, or reversals? Are you growing?


Help me, Lord, to learn lessons from my mistakes and show me how to live in the future. Amen.