“The Jig Is Up” – One Year Bible Reading – January 22

Old Testament:   Genesis 44:1-45:28

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Genesis 44:1-45:28  The Jig Is Up


Joseph tested his brothers by having his steward fill their sacks with grain and money.  He also had an expensive silver cup implanted in Benjamin’s sack, Joseph’s only full brother.

The steward stopped the brothers on the way out to check to see if they had Joseph’s “missing” cup.  He found it in with Benjamin’s stuff.  Joseph was testing his brothers to see if they’d changed at all.  Apparently, they had.  Judah offered himself in place of Benjamin.

Joseph finally gave up the jig (cf. jig, no. 2, don’t you watch 1930’s movies?).  He told them, “I am Joseph!”  He sent the boys back with plenty of provision to preserve Jacob and the patriarchs.  Jacob about died.  Then he said he was going to go down to Egypt to see Joseph for himself.


In Chapter 44Joseph tested his brothers while they were leaving to see if they had learned this lesson. He had his steward fill all their sacks with grain and money (v. 1). He also had them put Joseph’s own silver “divining” cup in Benjamin’s pouch (v. 2). Remember Benjamin was the youngest brother, the one Jacob favored the most and the one he most wanted returned to him.

The steward stopped the brothers on the way out saying Joseph had “divined” that his cup was missing (vv. 5, 15). The steward looked through their packs starting with the oldest, the tension mounted till he got down to the pack of the youngest, Benjamin. In Benjamin’s sack, he found the cup (v. 12)! Judah spoke for them all and begged for mercy from Joseph (v. 33, Judah, the namesake of  the tribe from which the Messiah would proceed, offers himself in exchange for Benjamin just as Jesus would offer Himself years later) . They had passed the test.

In Chapter 45, Joseph was overwhelmed with emotion and had the boys removed from his presence. Then he wailed like a little girl. They could hear him all the way to Pharoah’s house (v. 2). Then he had the boys brought back in and said, “I am Joseph!” (v. 3a). Because he was. The boys about wet themselves (v. 3b).

He sent the guys back with all kinds of provisions including grain, donkeys and changes of clothes (vv. 16-22a) . He explained to the boys that God had sent him ahead to preserve the patriarchs and the family implying the boys were only pawns in God’s chess game of life (vv. 7-8).  He gave an extra portion to Benjamin and for Jacob (vv. 22b -23). As they left Joseph yelled, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” (v. 24). I think he was being a little sarcastic.

The guys got back to Jacob and told him all that had happened including the part about Joseph ruling over Egypt (vv. 25-26a). Then Jacob about wet himself (v. 26b). But he gathered himself and said I’m going to go down to Egypt and see him for myself (vv. 27-28).

New Testament:  Matthew 14:13-36

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Jesus fed as many as 15-20 thousand men, women, and children from just five loaves and two fishes. There were twelve baskets left over.

Then Jesus went up on a mountain to pray alone. But . . . oh, noo!  The disciples got caught in a storm and Jesus walked out to them.  Peter got out of the boat and nearly sank but Jesus caught him.

A lot of people were healed just by touching the fringe of Jesus’ coat.  (I guess they were a fringe group, v. 36 NASB)


Matthew 14:13-36    A Gospel Hem

Jesus gave everyone a free dinner because it was getting late and they weren’t near any restaurants (vv. 13-20). He fed five thousand men from just five loaves and two fishes (v. 21). He also fed women and children but they were not counted in the five thousand. The total could have been between 15,000 and 20,000. So that would be .006 pieces of bread each (if there was 18 slices of bread in a loaf) and .000133 pieces of fish. There were twelve baskets left over. This really does not compute unless you figure there must have been a miracle. Plus everyone would have still been hungry, I think.

Jesus sent all the people away and he went up on a mountain to pray (v. 23). He sent the disciples across the lake (v. 22). By the time he was done praying, the disciples found themselves in a squall on the water (v. 24).  Jesus walked over to them — on the water (v. 25). The disciples thought it was a ghost (v. 26). Jesus said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid” (v. 27). I don’t know if that would have done it for me.  I think I still would have been afraid.

Peter wanted in on the action and directed the Lord to command him to walk on the water (v. 28). So Jesus ordered him to do it (v. 29). He started toward Jesus and then realized what he was doing and . . . promptly sank (v. 30a).  He cried out, “Lord, save me!” (v. 30b).  Jesus rebuked him for not having enough faith (v. 31).  When they got back in the boat, the wind ceased (v. 31).  The disciples worshipped Jesus (v. 32).  They confessed that He was the Son of God (v. 33).   That was the same thing as calling Him God.

After they crossed the lake, a bunch of people found Him and were cured by touching the hem of His garment (v. 36, cf. Matt. 9:20).  A gospel song, “Touch The Hem Of His Garment, was popularized by Sam Cooke in the 1960’s.

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