Genesis 42: Karma

Genesis 42:21.

     “Alas, we are paying the penalty for what we did to our brother; we saw his anguish when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this anguish has come upon us.”

Call it karma. When famine forces Joseph’s brothers into Egypt to buy food, they unknowingly encounter their long lost brother. Joseph is now the number two guy in Egypt and decides to have some fun at the expense of his brothers when he realizes that they don’t recognize him. He toys with them, threatens them, imprisons them and generally terrorizes his siblings. Things ultimately work out for all parties, but not before the brothers come to appreciate the value of compassion. (Spoiler alert: they won’t appreciate it for long.)

Whether or not you believe in karma, there’s no down side to compassion. Lending a hand when someone is in need or empathizing when they’re in pain benefits both the giver and receiver. It’s another lesson in how the Kingdom of God operates in the here and now.   —The Houston Pilgrim

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