15 So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.” Genesis 43:15-16

The time for Joseph to reveal himself was getting closer. Even though he hadn’t seen Benjamin in over 20 years, he recognized him. Everything Joseph did at this point was carefully planned. He wasn’t shy about letting his brothers sweat a bit more because all would be revealed soon.

Once again, Joseph instructs his servants to take immediate action, again as a not so subtle way of letting the brothers know who was in charge. After he reveals himself, what he’s doing now will make a lot of sense when the brothers think about it.

Director Alfred Hitchcock made his mark in the film industry by filming a good mystery. The build-up to what comes next is perfect for the occasion.

Take a few moments today to surprise someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

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