Talks for Growing Christians
Joseph’s Brothers Come to Egypt During the Famine
Lesson Number 92
- God awakens the guilty conscience by arranging circumstances.
- God awakens the guilty conscience during times of solitude.
- God awakens the guilty conscience with acts of kindness.
- Spend some time alone with God.
- Why was it that Joseph recognized his brothers after twenty years apart, but they did not recognize him?
- How did Joseph treat the brothers who had betrayed him? What were his reasons for such treatment?
- How does God awaken the guilty conscience?
- How does God awaken the guilty conscience during times of solitude?
- What will it be like in hell for the unbeliever?
- Joseph had become Egyptianized in appearance, and even spoke to them through an interpreter, but he knew that these were his brothers.
- At first he treated them roughly to test them, to see if there had been a moral change in their character. Then he treated them kindly, because he loved them.
- Both by arranging circumstances to test people, and also by acts of kindness.
- Without distractions there is more time for thinking and remembering.
- The unbeliever will continually be in solitude, solitary confinement, with a guilty conscience for having rejected the Savior. See Mark 9:42-48.
- Are you guilty of some unconfessed sin? If so, confess it and get right with God and the person you have wronged.
- Has God shown you some particular act of kindness that is drawing you back to Him? Are you responding to Him?
- Spend some time alone with God after reading Psalm 139:23-24.
- “Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him.” Genesis 42:6
- “You shall be tested....” Genesis 42:15
- “Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I fear God.’“ Genesis 42:18
- “We are truly guilty....” Genesis 42:21