Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the
earth. Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, "Where do you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food." So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they
did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!"
Tuesdays with Jacob
What an extraordinary moment! None of Joseph's ten older brothers recognize him and that puts Joseph in an interesting spot. He knows what they don't.
How do you act when you know something others don't? Can you be trusted to act with integrity in such moments?
Sometimes that "insider" knowledge is something we've been asked to keep private for a friend. Other times, we may know things that others have yet to figure out. They say that knowledge is power and these are the moments where that power is most evident.
Do we respond with arrogance and superiority? Can we handle our knowledge with wisdom? Joseph's awareness of
his unique insight has him thinking on his feet, and his first actions seem to be laced with retribution---a path he will wisely turn from.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network.
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