Genesis 43: The Fears of Jacob and the Tears of Joseph

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 43 at
  • Events of Joseph’s life were for Jacob’s and other sons’ sake
    • Jacob, head of the family, has weak faith
    • everyone’s fears are unfounded
  • Joseph’s only desires were to see a change of heart in his brothers and to see his father again
  • Jacob was more influenced by fear than faith and accepting circumstances rather than trusting in God
  • Jacob’s Poor Leadership Breakdown
    • Deal with today’s problems tomorrow
    • Minimize the problem so it seems insignificant and not worth handling
    • Lack honesty
    • Thinks about himself before others
    • Blames others rather than self
    • Use money to solve problems
    • Trusted God last
  • Egyptians and Jews are at separate tables to show their status difference
  • Contextually and historically chapter 43 serves two functions
    • reveals focus to be groundless
    • control emotions to do what is right
  • Emotions are God-given and it is wrong to deny them
  • Our gifts of good works much like the gifts offered to Joseph by his brothers are not the basis for forgiveness/salvation. The basis is our relationship to God by Christ Jesus
    • consistent message of the Bible
  • Jacob shows us how not to lead, that it is our efforts to save ourselves that lead to our ruin and that we are only saved by God
  • Our destiny is in God’s hands. Jacob and his sons were saved by God despite their resistance and fearfulness of following the path

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis




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