Beggars of Blessings
After the reconciliation with his brothers, Joseph sends them back to Canaan to bring Jacob and all the family clan to Egypt for there are yet 5 years of famine to come. He gives each of them ‘a change of clothes’. To Benjamin, the brother of the same mother, Rachel, he gives 300 shekels of silver and five changes of clothes. The colorful royal robe with long sleeves, that his father Jacob gave him, was at the centre of the conflict between young Joseph and his brothers. The robe that was taken from him before throwing him into the pit in the desert and then returned to his father stained with the blood of a slaughtered goat, now becomes Joseph’s gift to his brothers. Everyone gets new clothes; 11 spotless garments take the place of the one stained by their envy. Where blame abounded one day, charis abounds now. To read the end of the story of Jacob is important because it is there that one of the most precious treasures of the whole Bible is revealed: the promised land is not a territory to occupy – it is the following of a voice.