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					           GENESIS
          Chapter 42
     SIMEON HELD HOSTAGE

I.   Introduction

     A. Joseph went from
     dungeon to King’s palace!

        1. From rags to robes.
a) At 17 he was sold
into slavery.
    (1) Went through
    many great trials!
    (2) A long time to
    hold to the promise
        the Lord had not
        forsaken him!
        (a) In today’s
        terms:
(i) He was serving as a
      slave.
(ii) He is not allowed to
      have a girlfriend!
(iii) He is rotting in an
Egyptian prison!
      (a) Far from an
      “over-night” success.
B. About to see what
Joseph is made of.

   1. A testimony of a
   great man of God.
      a) Many have “jail-
      house” religion!
      b) Easier to walk
      with the Lord - locked
      up.
        (1) How Joseph
        handles it.
    2. Warehouses are full of
        grain.
       a) There is bread in
        Egypt.
        (1) Genesis 41:56-57

II. Genesis 42:1-4
    A. They are all starving.

        1. Joseph busy saving
           Egypt.
           a) Any wonder they
              were jealous of
him?
               (1) They could
                   see the
potential!
III. Genesis 42:5-7

   A. Imagine the emotion
   Joseph felt when he saw his
   brothers?

      1. Would you want to
         kiss them?
      2. Joseph needs some
         answers.
IV. Genesis 42:8-13

   A. Joseph puts them on the
   defensive.

      1. Benjamin was still
         alive!
      2. Joseph was 17 when
         they saw his last.
          a) He looked like an
             Egyptian!
             (1) Not through
                 with them.

V. Genesis 42:14-20

   A. He doesn’t trust them.
           1. Soul searching takes
              place after 3 days in
jail!

VI. Genesis 42:21-24

        A. They discuss what
        happened to Joseph.

           1. Joseph had an
         2. They admit their guilt!
            a) Emotional for
            Joseph!
               (1) Reuben didn’t
               want him dead.
               (2) They knew
                   they were
wrong!

VII. Genesis 42:25-28
   A. 9 brothers return home!

        1. One discovers the
           money in the grain
sack!
           a) This would be a
              blessing.
              (1) Is it a setup?
               (a) Not a joyous
                    occasion!
VIII. Genesis 42:29-38

   A. Each man’s money had
      been returned!

         1. Jacob refuses to let
            Benjamin go to
Egypt.
          a) Joseph was under
              Reuben’s care
         (1) Jacob not willing
             to lose another
son!

IX. CONCLUSION

   A. Come back next week to
   see how this turns out.

				
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