From Genesis to Now: Gen. 42:1-24
I would imagine that the day Joseph’s brothers arrived started as any other day. We really don’t know what a day will bring forth—unexpected sorrow or unexpected joy. One thing is for sure: when those brothers arrived, Joseph knew his life had just taken a turn.
For whatever reason, Joseph accuses them of being spies against Egypt and tosses them into prison. The thought that these 10 men who spent their days keeping sheep were spies is actually a little funny, but no one’s laughing here.
Three days gave them a lot of time to think. Three day in prison gave them the honesty to verbalize their sin. Wayward though they were, they knew the one true God. They knew they had done wrong—and they knew God brings judgement.
It’s interesting that Joseph tells them that he fears God. In a different situation, that statement could have brought comfort, but it certainly does not here.
They remembered Joseph begging them for his life, and they had not listened. Now, they, too, had pleaded for theirs and been denied. And they also see that no sin goes hidden forever. Sin must be confessed and forgiven. There is really nothing else to be done with it. Hiding it only prolongs the torture of dealing with it.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything