JOSEPH SON OF JACOB
AND DR. BEN CARSON
The Bible Story - Part 6
Genesis 41:41 "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt."
42 "And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;--"
43 "And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt."
47 "And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls."
48 "And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same."
49 "And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number."
53 "And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, was ended."
54 "And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all the lands: but in the land of Egypt there was bread."
56 "And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt."
57 "And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands."
AGAIN, There's a certain correspondence here between this part of the "Joseph" story and what has happened in 2015 in Dr. Ben Carson's run for President. The Democrats under 7 YEARS of a Democratic Obama Presidency are calling them seven very GOOD YEARS in which the country has gotten FAT and prosperous -- while the Republicans are calling these seven years a disaster that can only be remedied by electing a Republican President, one contender for this position being Dr. Ben Carson, the successful neurosurgeon, who has definite ideas about what it would take to make this country great again, both economically and politically.
But, partly because he is a Christian, and proposes solutions to some of the problems this country faces based on what he reads in the Bible, not what the LGBT coalition, and others now firmly in power in Washington has been promoting during these seven "lean years" (lean for the country but fat for them) they are scoffing at Dr. Carson's ability to actually be president of their (LGBT) country. Here Carson is spoofed as some sort of "saint" because of his Biblical beliefs, such as a FLAT TAX partially modeled after the 10% TITHE used by Hebrews in the Bible. In Joseph's case this tax was 20%.
MAD Magazine, always ready to make great FUN of anyone and anything, but especially ready to take on any POLITICAL target, has jumped on the idea that Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned Brain Surgeon perhaps has practically NO BRAIN AT ALL himself. This is laughable of course when applied to a man with so many honorary degrees, but LAUGHS is what these people peddle, and how they earn their money. If, in the process, they deprive this country of a superior president, and keep us all on a downward spiral ethically and economically -- WHAT'S IT TO THEM?
To Continue with the REST OF THE STORY
(According to the Bible) -- Read on below ---
Genesis 42:1 "Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon the other?"
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 die."
3 "And Joseph's ten brothers 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."
5 "And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan."
6 "And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth."
7 "And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food."
8 "And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him."
9 "And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
10 "And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come."
11"We are one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies."
12 "And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
13 "And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the younger is this day with our father, and one is not."
14 "And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:--"
15 "Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youndest brother come hither."
16 "Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies.'
17 "And he put them all together into ward three days."
18 "And Joseph said unto them the third day, this do, and live; for I fear God;--"
19 "If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:---"
20 "But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so."
Genesis 42:21"And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us."
22 "And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against this child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required."
23 "And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter."
24 "And he turned himself about from them, and wept; ---"
24b ----- "and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes."
25 "Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them."
26 "And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence."
27 ed 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 them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?"
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 true men; we are not spies:--"
32 "We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan."
33 "And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men: leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the faminr of your households, and be gone:--"
34 "And bring your youngest brother unto me: then will I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land."
35 "And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid."
36 "And Jacob their father said unto them. Me have you bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away; all these things are against me."
37 "And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again."
38 "And he said, My son shall not go down with you: for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which you go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave,"
1 "And the famine was sore in the land."
2 "And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food."
3 "And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you."
4 "If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:--"
5 " But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you."
6 "And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?"
7 "And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?"\
8 "And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones,"
9 "I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:--"
10 "For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time."
11 "And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nots, and almonds:--"
12 "And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:"
13 "Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:--"
14 "And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved."
15 "And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph."
16 "And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon,"
17 "And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house."
18 "And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he might seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us as bondmen, and our asses.'
19 "And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house."
20 "And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:--"
21 "And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand."
(Many words and actions later)
29 "And he (Joseph) lifted up his eves, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son---'
30 "And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother; and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there."
31 "And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himsilf, and said, Set on bread.'
32 "And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews, for it is an abomination unto the Egyptians."
33 "And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth; and the men marvelled one at another.'
34 "And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him."
1 'And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.'
2 "And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken."
3 "As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses."
4 "And when they had gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men, and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have you rewarded evil for good?"
5 "Is not this in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he devineth? ye have done evil in so doing."
6 "And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.'
7 "And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing;--"
8 "Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?"
9 "With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen."
10 "And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless."
11 "Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack."
12 "And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack."
13 "Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city."
14 "And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground."
15 "And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?"
16 "And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found."
17 "And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get ye up in peace unto your father."
18 "Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let my servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh."
19 "My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?"
20 ":And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him."
21 "And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him."
22 "And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his his father, his father would die."
(Judah's plea continues, giving Joseph every detail of what had occurred)
33 "Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren."
34 "For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? Lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come upon my father."
1 "Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all of them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known to his brothers."
2 "And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard."
3 "And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence."
4 "And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt."
5 "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."
"Hello, My name is Benjamin!"
DDr. Benjamin Carson, MD