1) Genesis 42:1-4 KJV
[1] Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? [2] And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not
2) die. [3] And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. [4] But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.... (vs. 1). The pantry shelf is empty, there is nothing in the deep freeze, and the
3) potato barrel and the cracker barrel have about enough left in them for three more meals. Dan, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, et al., are sitting around waiting for someone to make the first move. Perhaps the stories of their great grandfather from Genesis 12:10–11 were still a little
4) too real for them. Jacob decides the issue (vs. 2) and down they go into Egypt (vs. 3). Benjamin is the only boy left of Rachel’s children (since Joseph vanished twenty years ago and Judah will be going down with the brethren), so Jacob has Benjamin stay with him (vs. 4).
5) Spiritually speaking, it takes a famine to show the sinner his need (see the Prodigal), and he will not seek spiritual things till he is hungry (Matt 5:6; Amos 8:11). Then when he does begin to seek for the truth, he goes to the wrong place—Egypt, a type of the world (vs. 3)!
6) And further, he comes to Joseph (a type of Christ) not to get a “free gift,” but to buy (see Isa. 55:1–2).

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[29] And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, [30] The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. [31] And we said unto him, We are
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[27] And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth. [28] And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed
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