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Tears of Reconciliation
Call to Worship: Psalm 107:8-9, Isaiah 55:1 (adapted)
Let us praise the Lord for His great love, and for the wonderful things He has done for us, for he satisfies the thirsty, and he fills the hungry with good things!All who thirst, come to the waters.Come, all who are weary; come, all who yearn for forgiveness;come, all who long for healing from strife.
The Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ has washed over us, and our gracious and holy God beckons and blesses us,with peace that surpasses comprehension. Drink deeply of these living waters.
Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-15 (MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. 15 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.
Sermon Text: Genesis 44:1-45:15 (ESV)
I. Joseph Tests the Integrity of his Brothers (44:1-13)A. A trap set with Joseph’s cup (44:1-2)1 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph told him.
B. The brothers overtaken with accusation (44:3-6)3As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away with their donkeys. 4 They had gone only a short distance from the city. Now Joseph said to his steward, “Up, follow after the men, and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good? 5Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’”
C. The brothers’ vow of innocence (44:7-9)6 When he overtook them, he spoke to them these words. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!8 Behold, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house?9 Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my lord’s servants.”
D. Brothers return to Joseph’s house (44:10-13)10 He said, “Let it be as you say: he who is found with it shall be my servant, and the rest of you shall be innocent.” 11 Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 12 And he searched, beginning with the eldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13 Then they tore their clothes, and every man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.
II. Judah Proves His Integrity (44:14-34)A. Judah’s plea and Joseph’s verdict (44:14-17)14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there. They fell before him to the ground. 15 Joseph said to them, “What deed is this that you have done? Do you not know that a man like me can indeed practice divination?” 16 And Judah said, “What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how can we clear ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s servants, both we and he also in whose hand the cup has been found.” 17 But he said, “Far be it from me that I should do so! Only the man in whose hand the cup was found shall be my servant. But as for you, go up
Leaders of Reconciliation
1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!Strive for full restoration, encourage one another,be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)
Call to Worship: Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, forget not all his benefits,3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the pit, crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18 (NIV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Scripture Text: Genesis 43:1-34 (ESV)
I. Family Negotiations to Return to Egypt (43:1-14)A. Jacob’s command, Judah’s objection (1-5)1 Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3 But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’”
B. Israel counters with self-pity (6-7)6 Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?” 7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ What we told him was in answer to these questions. Could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”
C. Judah’s courageous proposal (8-10)8 And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. 9 I will be a pledge of his safety. From my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever. 10 If we had not delayed, we would now have returned twice.”
D. Permission granted (11-14)11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the money with you. Carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks. Perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man. 14 May God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”
II. The Brothers Come Clean Before Jo
Setting the Stage for Reconciliation
Nelson Mandela uniting South AfricansRugby World Cup 1995
Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 (NIV v. 13 adapted)
8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,13 you his servants, the spiritual seed of Abraham, his chosen ones, faithful disciples of Jesus.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:10-20 (NIV)
10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.13 From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Scripture Text: Genesis 42:1-38 (ESV)
I. Leaving Canaan: Jacob Sends Ten Sons to Egypt (42:1-5)1 When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2 And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” 3 So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him. 5 Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
II. In Egypt Before Joseph (42:6-26)A. Joseph recognizes his brothers (6-8)6 Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. 7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 8 And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. (Prov 11:26)
B. Joseph accuses his brothers of being spies (42:9-17)1. Joseph’s accusations (9-13)9 And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them. And he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.” 10 They said to him, “No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants have never been spies.” 12 He said to them, “No, it is the na