December 14, 2006

Breadcrumb: Did you hear?

Every time Joseph met his brothers, he made sure to be far away from them and his servants before he started crying with joy. In these readings alone, he does it in Gen. 43:30, and he does it again in Gen. 45:1-2. But in the manner of high politics everywhere, word gets out. The servants find out, and eventually Pharaoh finds out (Gen. 45:16). Of course, despite all of Joseph's potential fears, Pharaoh is happy for him and gives the family all sorts of valuable gifts. But this is just a potent reminder of the universal fact: the truth will get out eventually; it's just a matter of time.

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