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Today's Bible Study
Common Sense Advice
1 Corinthians 11:11-16
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
Should anyone use what he had said in the previous verses to disparage women or to claim the superiority of men, Paul now took to opportunity to set them straight. Although the woman was taken from man and should have her head covered during worship in order to indicate that she is under authority, she is not inferior to him.
In their relationship with the Lord they are equal. They each have an important role in the body and function of the church. One is the compliment of the other; one is nothing without the other. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 2:29)
1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks [with] food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 [And] when they were gone out of the city, [and] not [yet] far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 5 [Is] not this [it] in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing. 6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen. 10 And he said, Now also [let] it [be] according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. 11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12 And he searched, [and] began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he [was] yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed [is] this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine? 16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we [are] my lord's servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found. 17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
It is often difficult to tell whether someone has really changed for the better or whether they are putting on an act. I deal with people every day, who know all of the right things to say in order to make you think that they are Christians, but their actions give them away. When I walk through the community, people sitting on their patio will see me coming and quickly hide their beer or liquor behind their chair. It always amazes me that they do that, because I have never criticized any of them for drinking. I have always thought that you cannot expect a sinner to behave like a saint. First you get them saved, and then God makes the changes in their behavior.
It is the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life that makes the people uncomfortable. They know that I am a servant of God and they have all heard the gospel, so they know that they are doing wrong and are convicted by their own consciences. When they have drunk away all of their money, they will put on their most innocent demeanor and come to me for help. Their request will always be proceeded by a string of very righteous sounding praises for God or statements about how they are living by trusting in Him.
I am not trying to be critical of them. They are my people and I try to love them the way Jesus would. They are no different than any others. True change can only come about by the working of the Holy Spirit, but sometimes, when change appears to have truly taken place, I must see it to believe it.
I think this was very much the case with Joseph and his brothers. They had treated him so cruelly that he felt he must first put them to the test to see if they had really changed. He had tested them at dinner the night before by giving Benjamin the seat of honor and five times as great a portion of food as the others. They did not seem to be jealous, but how would they respond if Benjamin were in danger? What risks would they take? What personal sacrifice would they make to secure the safety of their youngest brother?
I should first caution you, however, that Joseph's method is very deceptive. We should not copy it. It is wrong to use deception of any kind for any reason, especially in the ministration of the gospel.
Joseph had his brothers supplied with food and sent on their way to their father. He had their money secretly placed back in their sacks. Benjamin's sack had something else, however. It was the silver chalice from which Joseph drank at dinner.
The cup was extremely valuable not just for its silver content, but also for the superstitious beliefs that attached to it. Very successful and powerful rulers were believed to have the power to look into their cup and know the past present and future events of the world. Since Joseph had gained his position by interpreting the Pharaoh's dreams and foretelling the future, it is not strange that his servants believed he had this power. This does not mean that Joseph involved himself in any of the occult practices of Egypt.
When the Joseph's servant stopped the eleven brothers, they were quick to protest the charges that they had stolen anything. " And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing." Of course, the cup was found in Benjamin's sack and the brothers were taken back to stand before Joseph.
"And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found." Judah confessed to the crime. They were caught with the goods and he conceded that all of them should be made Joseph's servants.
Next came the real test. They could all go, but Benjamin would be left behind to serve the rest of his life as a slave. Would they take their freedom and run, leaving Benjamin to fend for himself or would they attempt to save him at the risk of their own freedom?
Before The Throne:
Has your relationship with God changed you significantly, or is your belief a purely intellectual one? Pray for the Holy Spirit to transform you, by the renewing of your mind, into someone whose actions will prove your faith. Ask God to help you discern when there is a true change in people. Joseph tested his brothers, but he was always gentle and loving toward them. Pray that God would give you the same compassion toward those who fake their beliefs as toward those who love Jesus. Pray for the lost.
For Further Study:
(v.1) Gen 24:2; 43:16,19; ** Fill the. Gen 42:25; 43:2; Isa 3:1;
(v.2) Gen 42:15,16,20; 43:32; De 8:2,16; 13:3; Mt 10:16; 2Co 8:8;
(v.5) ** divineth. Gen 30:27; Le 19:26; 1Ki 20:33; 2Ki 21:6;
(v.7) Gen 34:25-31; 35:22; 37:18-32; 38:16-18; Jos 22:22-29; 2Sa 20:20; 2Ki 8:13; Pr 22:1; Ec 7:1; Heb 13:18;
(v.8 ) ** the money. Gen 42:21,27,35; 43:12,21,22; ** how then. Ex 20:15; De 5:19; Mt 19:18; Ro 13:9; Jas 2:10,11;
(v.9) ** both. Gen 31:32; Job 31:38-40; Ps 7:3-5; Ac 25:11; ** and we. Gen 43:18;
(v.10) ** he with whom. Ex 22:3; Mt 18:24,25;
(v.12) ** began. Gen 43:33; ** and the cup. Gen 42:36-38; 43:14;
(v.13) Gen 37:29-34; Nu 14:6; 2Sa 1:2,11; 13:19;
(v.14) ** he was yet. Gen 43:16,25; ** fell. Gen 37:7-9; 50:18; Php 2:10,11;
(v.15) ** What. Gen 3:13; 4:10; ** wot ye not. Gen 21:26; 39:8; Ex 32:1;
(v.16) ** Judah. Gen 43:8,9; ** What shall we say. De 25:1; Ezr 9:10,15; Job 40:4; Pr 17:15; Isa 5:3; Da 9:7; Ac 2:37; ** God hath. Gen 37:18-28; 42:21,22; Nu 32:23; Jos 7:1,18; Jud 1:7; Pr 28:17; Mt 7:2; Lu 12:2; ** iniquity. Gen 43:9; Isa 27:9; Da 9:7; ** behold. Gen 37:7,9;
(v.17) ** God forbid. Gen 18:25; 42:18; 2Sa 23:3; Ps 75:2; Pr 17:15; ** in peace. Gen 26:29; 37:32,33;