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How Joseph reconciled with his brothers

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After seven years of bumper harvest as predicted by Joseph, there came the seven years of famine. The famine affected the whole of the then world including Canaan.

Jacob sent his children, excluding Benjamin, to Egypt to buy grains. In Egypt, The brothers came face to face with Joseph but did not recognize him.

Joseph accused his brothers of being spies but the brothers denied. They claimed that they were twelve brothers of the same father out of which one had died.

Joseph imprisoned them for three days on the charges of espionage. He released all except one. He told them to go back to Canaan and bring their youngest brother.

The brothers left for Canaan and came back with their youngest brother, Benjamin. After buying their grains and leaving, Joseph accused Benjamin of stealing his divination cup. He threatened to put him in prison but Judah offered to be put in prison instead.

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Joseph noticed that his brothers had changed. They were no longer as wicked as they used to be. At this point, Joseph revealed his identity.

Joseph told them to go back to Canaan and bring their father and the entire family to Egypt because the famine was only two years old and that there was going to be another five years of famine.

In the end, Jacob and seventy of his family came to settle in Egypt. Joseph settled them at Goshen, a place where they can earn their earning as keepers of the flock.

1. How did Joseph reconcile with his brothers?

Test One
1. Joseph named his first son “Manasseh” because God made him
A. king in Egypt
B. forget his hardships
C. a ruler in Israel
D. fruitful in his father’s land

2. According to Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams; the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind represented seven years of
A. famine
B. abundant
C. famine
D. harvest

3. Which of the following was not part of the honour done to Joseph when Pharaoh made him a ruler in Egypt?
A. Joseph was made to dress the people.
B. The land of Goshen was given to Joseph.
C. Joseph was dressed in garments of fine linen.
D. A gold chain was put around Joseph’s neck.

4. Which of the following leadership qualities was manifested by Joseph when he told his brothers not to be angry with themselves for selling him?
A. Wisdom.
B. Good judgment.
C. Maturity.
D. Forgiveness.

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5. After Joseph had revealed himself to his brothers, he
A. gave his brothers food.
B. fell upon Benjamin’s neck and smiled.
C. kissed Benjamin and departed.
D. kissed all his brothers and wept.

6. Joseph named one of his sons Ephraim, meaning
A. I am a stranger in the land.
B. God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.
C. Yahweh is my hope.
D. Yahweh is my salvation.

7. Reuben said “shed no blood’ because
A. he was afraid of the sight of blood.
B. blood is life.
C. Jews do not eat blood.
D. blood is used in sacrifice.

8. Reuben advised his brothers not to kill Joseph but to cast him in a pit because he
A. did not want them to shed blood of the innocent.
B. wanted to rescue him afterward and bring him safely to their father
C. wanted to bury him alive in the pit.
D. wanted them to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites.

9. Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites for …………. Shekels of silver.
A. forty
B. thirty-five
C. twenty-five
D. twenty

10. When Joseph was sent to see the welfare of his brothers, he met them pasturing at
A. the wilderness of Zin.
B. Gilead.
C. Shechem.
D. Dothan.   

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