Genesis 44* Joseph's policy to stay his brethren, and try their affectionfor Benjamin. (1-17) Judah's supplication to Joseph. (18-34)1-17 Joseph tried how his brethren felt towards Benjamin. Hadthey envied and hated the other son of Rachel as they had hatedhim, and if they had the same want of feeling towards theirfather Jacob as heretofore, they would now have shown it. Whenthe cup was found upon Benjamin, they would have a pretext forleaving him to be a slave. But we cannot judge what men are now,by what they have been formerly; nor what they will do, by whatthey have done. The steward charged them with being ungrateful,rewarding evil for good; with folly, in taking away the cup ofdaily use, which would soon be missed, and diligent search madefor it; for so it may be read, Is not this it in which my lorddrinketh, as having a particular fondness for it, and for whichhe would search thoroughly? Or, By which, leaving it carelesslyat your table, he would make trial whether you were honest menor not? They throw themselves upon Joseph's mercy, andacknowledge the righteousness of God, perhaps thinking of theinjury they had formerly done to Joseph, for which they thoughtGod was now reckoning with them. Even in afflictions wherein webelieve ourselves wronged by men, we must own that God isrighteous, and finds out our sin. 18-34 Had Joseph been, as Judah supposed him, an utter strangerto the family, he could not but be wrought upon by his powerfulreasonings. But neither Jacob nor Benjamin need an intercessorwith Joseph; for he himself loved them. Judah's faithfulcleaving to Benjamin, now, in his distress, was recompensed longafterwards by the tribe of Benjamin keeping with the tribe ofJudah, when the other tribes deserted it. The apostle, whendiscoursing of the mediation of Christ, observes, that our Lordsprang out of Judah, #Heb 7:14|; and he not only madeintercession for the transgressors, but he became a Surety forthem, testifying therein tender concern, both for his Father andfor his brethren. Jesus, the great antitype of Joseph, humblesand proves his people, even after they have had some tastes ofhis loving-kindness. He brings their sins to their remembrance,that they may exercise and show repentance, and feel how muchthey owe to his mercy.
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