By: Ely Lagajino
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Reuben told Jacob everything that happened. “Father, we must take Benjamin to Egypt with us to prove that we are not spies; and to free Simeon.”
“I already lost Joseph, I won’t let Benjamin go.” Jacob sorrowfully answered.
Soon, their stock of grains was almost gone.
“Father, I promise to bring Benjamin back.” This time Judah pleaded until Jacob agreed. He trusted Judah as a leader (Genesis 43:8-14).
Once more, the brothers went back to Egypt. Once again, they bowed to the ruler of Egypt, Zaphnath Paneah, and handed him a gift from their father, Jacob. When Joseph saw Benjamin, prepared dinner for them. He arranged their seats in chronological order from the eldest to the youngest. The brothers marvelled at how this Egyptian ruler knew about their ages?
At the dinner table, Benjamin received five times as muchportion as anyone else’s (Genesis 43:34). Joseph observed that nobody among them became jealous, as he asked them about their father.
After feasting, Joseph instructed his stewards to fill all their sacks with grain and set them all free, including Simeon. But as they travelled outside the city, the guards stopped them. They searched every sack for the missing silver cup of Joseph. It was precious to the Egyptians. Used for prophesying, the cup had special powers to detect poisonous substances.
One by one, the guards searched every sack, starting from the eldest to the youngest. Surprisingly, they found the money to buy grain returned inside their sacks. But no silver cup appeared until they got to Benjamin. Buried in the grains of wheat in Benjamin’s sack, the silver cup shimmered in the sunlight. “Arrest him for stealing. He should go back to Egypt and work as a servant.” The guard ordered.
“No, it can’t be,” Judah exclaimed. “Benjamin is innocent; we will all go back to Egypt and plead to the governor,” Judah continued defending. He thought of his aging father, as they all marched back toward Egypt