So many scenes unfolded as the Lord continued to fulfill Joseph’s dreams. No one obtained the stored grain without Joseph’s approval. Not only did they feed the Egyptians, but those who traveled from other areas.
Jacob was in Canaan. He sent his 10 oldest sons to buy grain. In Joseph’s dream his brothers bowed down to him. Genesis 42:6 says, “…And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.”
Joseph recognized them, but hide his identity from them. He accused them of being spies. They spilled the beans in verse 13. “And they said, Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.”
Joseph put them in prison three days. Then he said that he would keep one brother in prison, and the rest would go home with grain. The condition was that they would bring their youngest brother.
The 10 brothers talked among themselves and Joseph heard them. Verse 24 says that he turned himself away from them and wept.
Simeon stayed in prison, and the rest went back. When they told Jacob what had happened he was upset that they said anything about Benjamin.
The grain that Joseph sent was used up and they were faced with the famine again. Jacob finally consented and sent Benjamin. There is much drama which you can read for yourselves.
Fast forward. Joseph saw his little brother. He sent everyone from him and revealed himself. Genesis 45:3 says, “Then Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph; does my father still live? But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.”
Can’t you just imagine the shock? Verse 5 helps us understand Joseph’s perspective in his trials. It says, “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”