“Speaking among themselves, they said, ‘Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.’ ” 42:21
I find this interesting. Clearly his brothers are haunted by their actions. Sometimes the stories I read over and over in the Bible lose their pizazz, but when I step back, I can hardly believe this happened. They beat up and sold their brother into slavery, living with the lie of his disappearance to their father every day for years. Did they ever try to track Joseph down? Did any of them got close to confessing to Jacob in a deep moment of guilt?
I can’t blame Joseph for weirdly testing their character and flexing his power a little bit (I mean, I can’t believe he only threw them in jail for three days). Jospeh is good man who understands that God writes our stories and takes care of us, no matter what happens.
Are you haunted by the guilt of an unconfessed sin?
How would you respond if you stood face to face with the someone who greatly wronged you in the past?