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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Faith of an Egyptian (Gen 43)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

In Scripture whenever I see a foreigner telling a Jew that the blessing they received was from the "Hebrew" God, it really gets my attention.

In Genesis 43:23, Joseph is in charge in Egypt. His brothers come for food, not recognizing him. Joseph gives them food and without them realizing it, gives their money back to them. They return to buy more food thinking they will face consequences for not paying the first time. But Joseph's Egyptian servant says:

Genesis 43:23 "Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money."

This is an Egyptian telling Jacob's sons that their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, had blessed them.

So then why did the Egyptian recognize God's blessing while Jacob's sons did not?

Could it be that the Egyptian constantly saw Joseph's faith in action and saw God working through him, so he believed?

But Joseph's brothers were not focused on God at all.

Dear Lord, I am nothing but a lump of clay with a whole lot of imperfections. Yet you made me with a purpose. So Lord I ask that You keep me so focused on You that wherever I am, whatever I am doing, and whoever I am interacting with, they will be drawn to You.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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