What do you think are the primary reasons people seek after power and positions of authority today? Have you ever been in a position of power that would enable you to “get even” with someone who wronged you? How did you respond? How does Joseph use his incredible power in this section of Scripture?
“A guilty conscience is a weighty burden!” It has now been over 20 years since these brothers conspired against Joseph and grieved their father with their lies. What impact has this sin had on their conscience? On their sense of peace? Do you need to “lighten” your conscience by confessing anything to the Lord?
Joseph appears to be “testing” his brothers in order to see if they have truly repented and really are “honest” men as they claim (Gen. 42:11). What evidence do we see in this section of genuine repentance and change? How should we respond when people verbally claim to have changed? Do you think the Lord places us in situations that “test” us to see if our verbal professions match our behavior?
How do you think Joseph was able to get to the point where he could warmly embrace his brothers who had sold him into slavery and “robbed” him of 13 years of his life? See Gen. 45:5-8 also Rom. 8:18.