Honest Men – Genesis 42:11

“We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.”


Honest men? Really? They have been holding up a lie about Joseph for years now. They chucked Joseph into a pit, sold him to some slave traders and then made up an awful lie about his death to report to Israel. Honest men? Certainly Joseph must have at least chuckled or cringed a little inside whenever they presented themselves as honest men. They were anything but such. To say something does not necessarily make it true.

Yet, Joseph proceeds in his drawn out plan to bless them in spite of their evil work in his past. Our dishonesty lingers until we finally come face to face with its consequences. These consequences can be quite painful. Father God loves us enough to bless us in spite of our inherent dishonesty. It is truly a miracle.

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