Genesis 42:25-38 Jacob In Selfish Bitterness Seeks To Break Faith.
Joseph commanded that the sacks of his brothers be filled with grain, and they also saw their money returned (vv. 25-28a). Their consciences spoke to them of their past misdeeds with regard to Joseph (v. 28b). They nevertheless continued on their journey to their father Jacob, recounting the events of the previous verses, including the demand that they return with Benjamin, and up to finding the money (vv. 29-35). All Jacob can think of is the prospect of losing three sons, including his favourite Benjamin (v. 36). Once again Reuben steps up, mans up, and even allows his father to exact his vengeance on his own sons if he did not return with Simeon. However, his obsession with Benjamin hardens his heart to doing as was requested, causing them to break their commitment once again to Joseph (vv. 37-38).