Joseph Forgave His Brothers Who Had Sold Him Into Slavery, Genesis 44:1 through 45:1-15

Joseph Forgave His Brothers Who Had Sold Him Into Slavery, Genesis 44:1 through 45:1-15

 

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PARTICIPANTS:

Joseph, who also serves as Narrator
Steward
Judah

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words

SCRIPT:

Joseph

My name is Joseph, son of thePatriarch Jacob. I’m his youngest son and his favorite. This makes my eleven brothers jealous, and they have sold me as a slave to foreigners who take me to Egypt. Potifar, a powerful officer of Egypt’s ruling Pharaoh, bought me. Potifar became pleased with my service and put me in charge of his entire estate. Then one day his wife tempted me to lie with her, but I resisted. She became furious, and accused me of trying to rape her. Potifar put me in prison. Then, one day, Pharaoh’s steward came to the prison to tell us prisoners something interesting.

Steward

Pharaoh has had a scary dream. He’s looking for someoneto interpret it. Can any of you?

Joseph

God gave me the interpretation; the dream warned of a famine. Pharaoh was pleased, freed me, and put me in charge of storing grain to survive the famine.The famine came, and my father Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain, but kept at home the youngest, Benjamin, who was my mother’s son.

Judah

Come, brothers, lest we starve here in Canaan. Egypt is far away.

Prompter & Companions

Far, far away! Far, far way!

Joseph

I recognize my brothers when they came, but they do not recognize me. I weep when they speak about their father, but I don’t let them see me do it. I understand their Hebrew speech, but I speak to them through an interpreter. I question them and they tellme a younger brother Benjamin had stayed with their father Jacob. So I put them to a test; I say, “You are spies. I shall keep one of you here as hostage, and send the rest of you back to your father with grain. You must return here with your young brother to prove you’ve told the truth.”

Judah

Back home, we empty our sacks and find our money hidden in the grain. Strange! I tell Jacob, “My father, we must take our younger brother Benjamin back with us to Egypt to free our brother who was held hostage.” Jacob is very grieved, but we return to Egypt with Benjamin, and buy more grain.

Joseph

Steward, have you done what I told you?

Steward

Yes, master Joseph. I filled the men’s sacks with grain and hid each man’s money in his sack, as I did before. I also hid your valuable silver cup in the sack of the youngest.

Joseph

Good. They’ll leave in the morning with their donkeys to go back to Canaan. Take soldiers and follow them. Outside the city, overtake them and ask why they’ve repaid good with evil. Arrest them and bring them back.

Judah

The next morning, Joseph’s administrator confrontsus as we leave the city.

Steward

Open your grain sacks. One of you has stolen a priceless silver cup from my master.

Judah

Oh no! It can’t be! No! No!

Prompter & Companions

No! No!

Judah

Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! How could we rob silver from your lord? With whomever of us it is found, let him die, and we’ll all be your slaves.

Steward

Very well, Judah. He who has cup will be my slave; the rest of you shall be innocent.

Judah

Let him search your sacks, brothers. Lower them and open them.

Steward

Aha! Here it is! In the youngest one’s sack. You, Benjamin, shall be my slave!

Judah

We tear our clothes in remorse, and return to Joseph. We fall down before him. Mercy, Master! Mercy!

Prompter & Companions

Mercy, Master! Mercy!

Joseph

Get up! What have you done? After all the kindness, I’ve shown you!

Judah

What can we say to my lord? How can we justify ourselves?God found out the iniquity of your servants. We are all now my lord’s slaves.

Joseph

Far be it from me to enslave you all, Judah. The thief’s been found; he’ll be my slave. The rest of you may go back in peace to your father.

Judah

Oh my lord, do not be angry if I plead with you. We’ve told you we have an old father and a child of his old age, and you forced us to bring the child here. Our father will die if we do not take Benjamin back. Our old father’s life is bound up in the child’s life. He told us, “I will surely die if I also lose this my youngest son, since my other youngest son has been torn to pieces by wild animals.”

Joseph

Oh? Torn to pieces? Are you sure? Keep talking.

Judah

Please… Let me stay as your slave instead of the lad. Let him return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the lad is not with me? It would kill my father!

Joseph

Everyone leave, except these brothers whose father they wish to spare!

Steward

Strange things are going on here! We’re leaving, Master.

Joseph

I cannot control myself any longer. With only my brothers present, I weep loudly. “I am your brother Joseph!”

Judah

What? No! It can’t be!

Prompter & Companions

It can’t be! It can’t be!

Judah

You… You… No! You mock us! It can’t be!

Joseph

Is my father still alive? Please come close to me. Come!I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves; God sent me before you to preserve life. Yes, God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. It was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh and ruler over the land of Egypt. I forgive you.

Judah

My brother! You have forgiven us! We’re forgiven!

Joseph

Hurry and go to my father. Tell him that God has made his son Joseph lord of all Egypt, and to come down to me as soon as possible. I’ll provide good land for you all and your families, for there are still five years of famine to come.

Judah

Joseph embraces his brother Benjamin and weeps; he then embraces all of us. We are forgiven.

Prompter & Companions

Forgiven! Forgiven!

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