“ My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord.“ The heavens are higher than the earth. And my ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.
But the Lord wants to have mercy on you. So he will rise up to give you his tender love. The Lord is a God who is always fair. Blessed are all those who wait for him to act!
Joseph couldn’t control himself anymore in front of all his attendants. He cried out,“ Have everyone leave me!” So there wasn’t anyone with Joseph when he told his brothers who he was.He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him. Everyone in Pharaoh’s house heard about it.Joseph said to his brothers,“ I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers weren’t able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.Joseph said to his brothers,“ Come close to me.” So they did. Then he said,“ I am your brother Joseph. I’m the one you sold into Egypt.But don’t be upset. And don’t be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives.
Joseph told the manager of his house what to do.“ Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry,” he said.“ Put each man’s money in his sack.Then put my silver cup in the youngest one’s sack. Put it there along with the money he paid for his grain.” So the manager did what Joseph told him to do.When morning came, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.They hadn’t gone very far from the city when Joseph spoke to his manager.“ Go after those men right away,” he said.“ Catch up with them. Say to them,‘ My master was good to you. Why have you paid him back by doing evil?Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from? Doesn’t he also use it to find things out? You have done an evil thing.’ ”
So Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide. To this day people say,“ It will be provided on the mountain of the Lord.”
Joseph turned away from his brothers and began to weep. Then he came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken and tied up right there in front of them.
Joseph looked around. Then he saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son. He asked,“ Is this your youngest brother? Is he the one you told me about?” He continued,“ May God be gracious to you, my son.”It moved him deeply to see his brother. So Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to cry. He went into his own room and cried there.Then he washed his face and came out. He calmed down and said,“ Serve the food.”
A woman from Canaan lived near Tyre and Sidon. She came to him and cried out,“ Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on me! A demon controls my daughter. She is suffering terribly.”Jesus did not say a word. So his disciples came to him. They begged him,“ Send her away. She keeps crying out after us.”Jesus answered,“ I was sent only to the people of Israel. They are like lost sheep.”Then the woman fell to her knees in front of him.“ Lord! Help me!” she said.He replied,“ It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”“ Yes it is, Lord,” she said.“ Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their owner’s table.”Then Jesus said to her,“ Woman, you have great faith! You will be given what you are asking for.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.