Genesis 44: The Final Test: Dothan Relived


*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 44 at
  • Took a year or more before Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers
    • waiting on evidence of genuine repentance
  • Repentance is an indispensable part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet it is seldom discussed and frequently misunderstood
  • Brothers returning with Benjamin instead of abandoning him showed a change of heart from what they’d done to Joseph
  • 20 years since sold Joseph into slavery and now reliving event through Benjamin
  • A lesson on not acting in self-interest
  • Joseph reveals identity because genuine repentance is evidenced
    • repentance is more than regret
  • It is the recognition of our sins which results in the kind of sorrow that brings about a change to our intellect, emotions, and will
  • There can be no reconciliation without genuine repentance
  • God, like Joseph, desires to pour out his riches among men, but men cannot be blessed until their sin has been dealt with
  • Repentance is turning from our sins and our self-effort and relying upon our Lord for forgiveness and ennoblement

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





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