Reading through the Bible: day 26

Sorry guys, made a mistake yesterday, we should’ve read chapter 40 too. I have updated it for future readers, or those catching up. Speaking of catching up, I still have those three days to catch up (two from the church camp and one from having a mobile connection issue), I haven’t forgotten, I will be catching it up. But mean time day 26 and…

Genesis 41 – 42

Gustave Doré, Joseph interprets Pharoah's dream

I’m not really sure what to say about Genesis 41, it seems to be fairly reasonable as far as the Bible goes, people have dreams to predict the future and God gifts some to interpret those dreams. I guess there are issues with the famine: what happened to poor people, or those who couldn’t get to Egypt? Did they just die? Was God’s plan to massacre thousands of people? Unfortunately this isn’t an easy question to answer. If we recall Job the devil was given power to do stuff, but in Job 2:3 God claims responsibility for what happened to Job the first time:

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.””

obviously God allowed the devil to utilise his power, which initially comes from God, thus God does claim responsibility for all that happens, as it happens under his power. One could thus say that it was in God’s knowledge, and allowed it to happen since it would lead to a chain of events that was necessary for His will. (I guess I had more to say than I initially thought.) 😉

Money paid, returned

Although Joseph’s behaviour in Genesis 41 intrigues me, I’m going to focus on the alleged contradiction: when was the money found?

  • In Genesis 42:27, it is clear that one of Joseph’s brothers finds money in his sack at the inn/lodging/encampment.
  • In Genesis 42:35, they all empty their sacks to find their money.
  • But later, in Genesis 43:21, they tell the steward that they all found the money at the inn/lodging/encampment.

There is actually no problem, since I’ve phrased it in a way that presents no problem. One brother found the money at the inn, the rest at home, but since they wanted to keep things simple with all the pressure they’d been under on their first trip, they tell the steward that they all found the money at the inn/lodging/encampment. There isn’t actually a contradiction, the Bible simply states what the brothers told Joseph, it doesn’t endorse the story, or say it is true.

What are your thoughts?

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