Genesis 43-50 Bible Study

The famine was still severe in the land, and all the grain that Joseph's brothers had received from him was gone. Judah told his father, Israel, that Benjamin must go back with them to get more grain. So Israel advised his sons to load their bags with some of the best products of the land and take them back to Egypt as gifts.

Upon the arrival of Israel's sons in Egypt, Joseph saw his brother Benjamin with them (43:16). Joseph told his steward to take the men to his house because he would eat with them. Joseph's brothers told the steward that someone had put their silver back in their sacks, but the steward said, 'It's all right. Don't be afraid.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

The steward took them into the house and gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. When Joseph arrived at his home his brothers gave him the gifts they had prepared for him and bowed down to the ground to honor him. When Joseph saw his brother Benjamin he left the room in a hurry and found a private room and wept.

In chapter 44, as the brothers prepared to leave, Joseph instructed his steward to put each man's silver back in his sack. However, he told his steward to put Joseph's own silver cup in the mouth of Benjamin's sack. A short time after the brothers had left, the steward caught up with them and accused them of stealing Joseph's silver cup. He searched all the sacks and found the silver cup in Benjamin's sack. They all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.

When they faced Joseph they threw themselves on the ground. Joseph said, 'What is this you have done?” His brother Judah spoke up and said, 'How can we prove our innocence?” Joseph told them that the one who had the cup in his sack would become his slave. But Judah pleaded for his brother and told Joseph that if they went home without Benjamin, this loss would kill their father. Judah asked to stay in Benjamin's place.

Then Joseph could no longer control his feelings. He ordered everyone to leave the room except his brothers. 'So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers” (45:1). He asked about his father, but his brothers couldn't answer because they were terrified!

When Pharaoh heard the news that Joseph's brothers were there with him, he was very pleased. He told Joseph to tell his brothers to load up all their animals, return to Canaan and then to bring their father and their families back to Egypt. But when they arrived home in Canaan and told their father what had happened and that Joseph was still alive, he did not believe them. Finally, they convinced Israel and he wanted to go see Joseph before he died (45:28).

So Israel set out with all his possessions and headed for Egypt. On the way, God spoke to him and told him to go down to Egypt, and He would make him into a great nation there. All those who went to Egypt with Israel—not counting his sons' wives—totaled sixty-six people. 'With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all” (46:26-27).

When Israel appeared before Joseph, Joseph put his arms around his father and wept. 'Israel said to Joseph, 'Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive'” (46:30).

Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in Goshen. He also provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food (47:11-12).

When the time drew near for Israel to die he said to Joseph, ''Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried'” (47:29-30). Joseph swore to his father that he would do so.

Some time later Joseph was told that his father was ill. So he took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, with him to see his father (48:1). Israel blessed Joseph and his two sons, putting Ephraim, who was younger, ahead of Manasseh.

Then Jacob called for all his sons and blessed them, 'giving each the blessing appropriate to him” (:1-28). He also instructed them to bury him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, which Abraham had bought as a burial place. Then Jacob breathed his last and died.

When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph received permission from Pharaoh to go to Canaan and bury his father. All Pharaoh's officials accompanied him, as well as all the members of Joseph's household and his brothers and those belonging to his father's household (50:6-9).

Joseph and his brothers and all those who had gone with him to bury Jacob returned to Egypt. Then Joseph's brothers said to themselves, ''What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?'” (50:15). So they asked Joseph to forgive them for the wrongs they had committed against him. They threw themselves down before him and said, ''We are your slaves'” (50:18).

But Joseph told them, ''Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives'” (50:19-20).

This ends our study of the Book of Genesis. We have gone from God's creation of the world to the Israelites settling in the land of Goshen in Egypt. Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. Always remember to read God's Word, for it is rhema, the living Word of God. God bless you as you study His Word.

Genesis 43 to 50 Worksheet

Joseph's ________ returned to Egypt, bringing Benjamin with them (43:15).

When Joseph arrived at his home his brothers gave him the _____ they had prepared for him and bowed down to the ______ to honor him (43:26).

When Joseph saw Benjamin he left the room in a hurry and found a private room and ____ (43:30).

Joseph instructed his steward to put Joseph's own ______ cup in the mouth of Benjamin's sack.

A short time after the brothers had left, the steward caught up with them and accused them of ________ Joseph's silver cup (44:4-6).

When the cup was found in Benjamin's sack, _____ pleaded to become a slave in Benjamin's place.

Joseph ordered everyone to leave except his brothers; then he made _______ known to his brothers (45:1).

Joseph's brothers returned to ______ to bring Jacob back to Egypt with them to see Joseph (45:25).

Joseph promised his father that he would ____ his father in Canaan (47:29-31).

Israel blessed Joseph and his two sons, putting _______, who was younger, ahead of Manasseh.

Jacob blessed all his sons, 'giving each the ________ appropriate to him” (:28).

When the days of ________ had passed, Joseph received permission from Pharaoh to go to Canaan and bury his father (50:4-6).

Joseph's brothers asked Joseph to forgive them for the ______ they had committed against him.

They threw themselves down before him and said, ''We are your ______'” (50:18).

Joseph told them, ''Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of ___? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the ______ of many lives'” (50:19-20).

 Memory Verse: 'Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice” (Psalm 112:5).

Genesis 43 to 50

Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Genesis 45:14                           Genesis 43:15                           Genesis 44:29               Genesis 46:5

Genesis 43:31                           Genesis 45:16                           Genesis 50:20               Genesis :1

 

''You intended to harm me, but God intended it for ____ to accomplish what     Genesis ______

is now being done, the saving of many _____.'”

 

'Then Jacob called for his ____ and said: 'Gather around so I can tell you             Genesis ______

what will happen to ___ in days to come.'”

 

'When the news reached _______'s palace that Joseph's brothers had come,   Genesis ______

_______ and all his officials were pleased.”

 

''If you take this one from me too and ____ comes to him, you will bring                Genesis ______

my gray head down to the grave in misery.'”

 

'Then he _____ his arms around his brother ________ and wept, and                     Genesis ______

Benjamin embraced him, weeping.”

 

'Then Jacob left _________, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and                   Genesis ______

their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport

him.”

 

'So the men took the _____ and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin            Genesis ______

also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to ______.”

 

'After he had ______ his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said,                 Genesis ______

'Serve the food.' ”