Genesis 42:11 – We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
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.
Romans 3:4 – God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Romans 3:19 – Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Hello readers, new blog time today, and looking at the claim of Joseph’s brothers. “We are true men”… well… were they actually? It was a big claim. A claim that many, if not all people make, but a claim that withers under conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit, under the truth of God’s word. The Bible says all things are naked and open unto God, and that includes all of us, our lives, our everything, to the finest detail.
Joseph’s brothers had done a real number on him. It’s so easy to talk about the story of Joseph but miss the reality of it, this is a real story, it really happened. Look at what they said in Genesis 42:21 (quoted above)… they had grabbed Joseph their brother, stripped him of his coat, and cast him into a pit, and then they sat by the pit eating! The Bible says they saw the anguish of his soul… anguish is a strong word… it refers to severe mental or physical pain or suffering, extreme distress… Joseph besought them …. besought means to urgently and fervently ask for someone to give or do something. What Joseph’s brothers did to him was horrible. They were merciless, cruel, they HATED Joseph. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:4 – Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? The Bible says Joseph’s brothers envied him, that’s why they did what they did,… if wrath is cruel, anger is outrageous, how bad was the envy they had for him? It was an unspeakable act, they betrayed their own flesh and blood, and they would’ve killed him, but found more profit in making a bit of money out of him while they were at it, so instead they sold him and thus abandoned him to a life of abject slavery. Incredible.
Proverbs 20:6 – Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? People are quick to tell you how good they are, “we are true men”. But it’s time to sort the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff… and it’s better for all of us now, that we get exposed now while we can get right with God, then at judgement, when it is too late. Repent now while there is time, today is the day of salvation.
And the years passed by, many years, Joseph’s brother’s never dealt with this sin. In fact, they weren’t the best bunch of blokes going around. They lived with their sin, it was hidden, but it festered, it wasn’t dealt with. They lied to their dad, time did not heal all wounds. Because sin, until dealt with, remains. If your sins are not washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, doesn’t matter if they were 50 years ago, they still fester away. Maybe your conscience no longer bugs you, maybe you’ve seared your conscience that badly, maybe you’ve grieved the Holy Spirit that much… but the sin problem still remains. Don’t miss the day of visitation, don’t miss that day when God moves on your heart and brings that conviction of sin, that brings down the weight of our sin against God. Don’t miss the day that the Holy Spirit brings you to a crisis point, a point of complete and utter crisis where you are completely cornered and turn and repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ and confess your sin, and confess your wickedness and believe and ask for mercy and thank God for his incredible love, longsuffering and mercy. The Bible says it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance, he has been so good to me, when I did not deserve it.
And then Joseph’s brother’s one day come to Egypt (where Joseph was now in leadership second only to Pharaoh), and they have the audacity to say they are true men! Quite a claim they were making here. How we can fool ourselves. The Bible says be not deceived. We deceive ourselves and deceive others. We are deceivers by nature. We are so utterly sinful, we are so utterly fallen, we can’t see it. God was about to bring their sin down upon them. God is truth, Jesus (who is God) said “I am the way, THE TRUTH, the life”. So these “true” men were about to get shown up by actual truth. God was orchestrating events to make this happen, God doesn’t want us to live in deception, in delusion, God wants you to know the truth, he doesn’t want you to die in your sin, he takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, and God will use real life events to access our lives. It’s all through the Bible. And God knows what we really need. And here it comes, after years of getting by, Joseph’s brothers were about to get so completely cornered and come under such great spiritual conviction of sin.
Because life circumstance happen to trigger our conscience, and what happened hit something deep inside. Things went pear shaped, they just wanted food and no trouble, but what they got was trouble, and it was so beyond their ways and means, they were completely out of control of the situation, and it triggered what they had done to Joseph. Things started going wrong, and instantly they were back years and years to the time they betrayed and sold Joseph. Sin until it is dealt with, is not dealt with. Not dealing with something doesn’t deal with something. Sin must be dealt with. God loves you, but God is the Judge, he is Holy, your sin must be paid for. God will not spare you, noone likes a corrupt judge who lets murderers, rapists go free or not get the sentence they deserve. Well God is the righteous Judge, and as the righteous Holy Judge of the earth, the penalty for our sin is death, and eternal death in hell. We are all headed for hell. We are conceived in and born in sin. We are sinners by nature. Job 14:1 – Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. And God is angry at sin, sin cannot dwell in his presence, God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Sin must be confessed, sin must be dealt with, and there is only one way in existence of solving the sin problem… the Lord Jesus Christ. Who became sin for us, who took the penalty for sin upon himself, who bore God’s wrath against sin for all of human history upon himself. Behold, the love of God! Behold, the Lamb of God!
These were not true men. We all like to claim our own goodness, we are quick to say we are true. But we are not. We are all frauds, we are all liars. The Bible says let God be true and every man a liar. God’s word is TRUTH. Hidden away was evil, and hidden away in our lives is complete wickedness. Our best day, our best efforts is complete filth, be like Paul and count everything but dung, except to win Christ. Isaiah 64:6 – But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Romans 3:12 – They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Joseph was not sucked in, he knew what they were, he knew what they had done, they didn’t put anything by him, and likewise God is not sucked in by your best efforts. Is it that hard to get honest with God? He already knows anyway, why fool your own self? Cain’s best efforts were rejected, it took a lamb that Abel brought for God to accept the sacrifice. And Abel’s sacrifice is a picture of what we must bring before God, not the work of our own hands, but we bring the Lamb of God before God, Jesus who God the Father was and is eternally well pleased in. We’ve got to bring the Lamb by faith in our place, otherwise we won’t be accepted.
Sin is AGAINST God. David confessed his sin with Bathsheba in Psalm 51… he said against thee and thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight. We must realize our sin is against God. We must confess sin. David was forgiven because when Nathan came, he did not harden his heart, he did not justify, he admitted his sin, and he confessed it. What he did was so utterly wicked. It is scary what wickedness we are capable of. We need the grace, mercy, longsuffering, forgiveness of God so desperately. Jesus is so important now and forever.
Joseph’s brothers consciences started bothering them. It’s funny how life can happen in such a way it brings conviction of sin and brings memories and things to mind even completely unrelated to the situation at hand. And it got to fever pitch. The brothers put it off, they blamed each other, they even abandoned another brother (Simeon). The last thing we want to do is get right with God! The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin. And when God starts to bring conviction of sin in our heart, we are utterly broken and emptied out.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:42 – The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The queen of the south (Sheba) came to prove Solomon, and the Bible says in 1 Kings 10:5 that after she had talked to Solomon and heard and seen his wisdom, his power, his authority, his kingdom, that there was no more spirit in her. That’s where God wants to take us. Read 1 Kings 10, it is a picture of the gospel, and when the Holy Spirit works in our life, our spirit is broken, emptied, breathless. When we finally get convicted of sin and the Holy Spirit works in our life, and we come under the complete power and authority of God, we have no more of our spirit in ourselves. It is complete surrender. Salvation is not a negotiation, it is not a compromise, it is a white flag to God. That’s what mercy is, something we do not deserve, all we can say is … mercy, mercy, mercy. Job 42:6 – Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. When God works in your life, all we can do, as Job did, is lay our hand upon our mouths, admit our complete unworthiness and place our faith in Jesus Christ and believe and 100% rely on him for our existence, our eternal soul. He is the faithful Creator, he will not cast you out if you come to him.
There’s nothing like a guilty conscience. And if you read the story of Joseph and his brothers, it got to a point where Judah confessed their sin. Confession of sin is powerful. Joseph’s brothers finally stopped justifying. In fact they were so cornered by events, that they knew it was of God, they knew it was God, Joseph’s brothers reached a point of complete bankruptcy, there was nothing to say, nothing to justify, no fingers to point, no excuses made, no copouts, they got the the point where all they could do was confess their sin. Finally getting honest, finally pouring out our heart to God. Finally being emptied of ourselves, because when we are smashed, that’s when God will build us up. Jeremiah 1:9,10 – Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. That’s what God’s word does, first of all it roots us out, pulls us down, destroys us, throws us down… and only then can we be built and planted. First comes the breaking, where God breaks through our pride, our resistance, our hardness to him, our fierce independence, our very selves. It’s good to be abased, humbled, poor in spirit, broken before God. We have all sinned, we are all in the same boat, we all need forgiveness and salvation. We all need to go to Calvary, we all need to believe on the name of the Son of God, and trust in him as our substitute, he died in each of our place.
We are not true men and women, just like Joseph’s brothers were not true men. They came with bluff, they came with a noble look, noble reasons, they came with good intentions, they may have even improved morally over the years, but sin was not dealt with. They came saying they were true men, but it ended with confession of their wickedness, it ended with realizing they were not true men, and had not been. None of us us, are just do we see, it and will we confess and get right with God? Will we turn to him? Will you place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ?