In the great movie “Apocalypse now”, the scene that opens the movie is with the beautiful song “The end”. I have always thought that this was strange to start a movie with a song about the end. However, when you see this fantastic movie you understand!
When we read the end of Genesis 43, it seems to be that the end is coming. The brothers are eating and drinking (probably wine) and every one of them got portions or presents, as written:
“וַיִּשָּׂ֨א מַשְׂאֹ֜ת מֵאֵ֣ת פָּנָיו֮ אֲלֵהֶם֒ וַתֵּ֜רֶב מַשְׂאַ֧ת בִּנְיָמִ֛ן מִמַּשְׂאֹ֥ת כֻּלָּ֖ם חָמֵ֣שׁ יָד֑וֹת וַיִּשְׁתּ֥וּ וַֽיִּשְׁכְּר֖וּ עִמּֽוֹ׃”
“And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of their’s. And they drank, and were merry with him.”(Genesis 43:34)
But, this is not the end yet. As the Bible surprises us all the time, it just the beginning of the end and Joseph would have to hear the words of Judah and only then 22 years of his life would end.
This is what’s so magical in the Bible. What you think before you read wouldn’t be always what you understand after you will read!
Have a blessed week!
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