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Daily Devotional | Put to the Test

How do you know if someone has really changed? Their change has to be put to the test. Joseph was in a unique position to discern whether his brothers had changed. He knew his younger brother Benjamin was being treated as the favorite, just as he had been. So, he decided to orchestrate a situation to test how his brothers would treat their younger sibling.

After they finished their dinner, Joseph filled the sacks of his brothers with food to sustain them through the famine (v. 2). In Benjamin’s sack, Joseph had his silver cup placed (v. 2). As the brothers began their journey home, Joseph instructed a servant to catch up with them and accuse them of stealing the silver cup. Sure enough, the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack (v. 12). This sets up the most dramatic scene in the story.

Joseph declared that Benjamin must become his slave for the theft, but the rest of the brothers could return home (v. 17). Joseph was placing his brothers in a situation in which they could easily repeat their sinful behavior. Would they leave Benjamin as a slave and ensure their own freedom? Would they view this as another opportunity to punish a favored brother?

Judah gave a long, impassioned speech in which he confessed, “God has uncovered your servants’ guilt” (v. 16). He was speaking not of stealing a cup, of which they were innocent, but of what they had done to Joseph. Judah offered to take Benjamin’s place and be a slave in Egypt in place of Benjamin (v. 33).

Clearly, Judah’s heart had been transformed. He had gone from a man willing to sell his brother into slavery to one who was willing to be sold into slavery to save his brother.

Go Deeper

God is still at work, transforming sinners and bringing them to repentance today. What are some ways, which you can see, that God has changed you as a result of your relationship with Him?

Pray with Us: Christ Jesus, only You can change hearts! We hold fast to Your promise: ”I am making everything new” (Rev. 21:5). We rejoice in Your sure forgiveness and steadfast love.

BY Ryan Cook

Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

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