The land of Egypt goes through the plenty and famine just as Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams. But, you know, funny thing, years of bad crops tend to be more than just local, and the land of Canaan is going through the same thing, which means Jacob and Co. are looking at hard times. Jacob, though, sends his sons, except for the new youngest, Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. The word is that Egypt had plenty of food to sell during this time.
So, an aside, here. Despite what jokes about the Exodus might tell us about taking 40 years to cross, the region is not very big. We’re talking about a journey of weeks at most, and there are always caravans moving back and forth across the region. They are the lifeblood of the area, carrying not just goods from other lands, but news. To Jacob’s group, going to Egypt is just your basic road trip.
Arriving in Egypt the brothers are brought before, you guessed it, Joseph. I know, it’s like something out of a soap opera. The brother, sold into slavery years ago is reunited with his family. Will he use his position to take revenge upon them?
Dun dun dun!
Oh, and the brothers don’t recognize him.
Remember, we had an unknown time with Potiphar, at least two years in prison, the seven years of plenty, and now we’re into the famine. All told I would say Joseph has been gone for at least 10 years, I’m betting more like 12+. For all that time, Joseph has been
living like an Egyptian. He even has an Egyptian wife, Astenath. We find out
later that he actually has two sons, so it’s been a while.
So, Joseph reveals himself as the lost brother and there’s a teary-eyed family reunion!
No. Not even close.
He reveals himself and takes his revenge upon his brothers for selling him!
Nope. He doesn’t reveal himself. Like any good soap opera, the crucial reveal isn’t going to happen for several episodes, but we will get to see both sides of this epic fakeout unfold.