"He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. " John 15:5 NKJV. In Genesis 43, Joseph's brothers were in his house, eating and drinking. But Joseph sat by himself, and they sat by themselves. We can't let this slip by us, that his brothers were rejoicing in Joseph's presence without being restored fully, without really knowing him and certainly without revelation of love & grace! There is a further step they had to take before a full revelation of love could be given. We see this in Psalm 51 "Going through the motions doesn't please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice." verses 16-17 (The Message). His brothers had acknowledged their sin, but they were not broken completely...not at the end of their bitterness and self-reliance, so that Joseph could reveal his love to them! The final test came when Joseph had his silver(redemption)cup put in Benjamin's sack. They were barely out of the city when they were overtaken by Joseph's men & were accused of stealing the cup. They were so sure of their innocence that they said "With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves." What a change in their attitudes! "God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found." There was no more pride in them, they were humbled and broken as they gave up & surrendered! Then came the revelation of the love of God. Genesis 45:1 reads "Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, 'Make everyone go out from me!' So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. The world doesn't perceive this revelation of love. . Joseph's brothers now had the sense of family, of love without question and acceptance! The world can hear about God's love but only family can experience it !!! We as the family of God, in whom He delights, are tied into this revelation as we rest in His love for us!
In John 6:48-51 it reads in The Passion , "I AM the true Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert and died. But standing here before you is the true Bread that comes out of heaven, and when you eat this Bread you will never die. I alone am this living Bread that has come to you from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever. The living Bread I give is my body, which I will offer as a sacrifice so that all may live." There is a difference between eternal life and living forever. The only reason I would die is if there is a record of sin in my DNA. I do not need to die, none of us do. But we need to undergo transformation by applying the body and blood of Jesus. The body and blood of Jesus carry the record of the DNA of God. We can age and die, or we can take the body and blood of Jesus within ourselves, and live forever!. Jesus says in John 6:58, "I am not like the bread your ancestors ate and later died. I am the living Bread that comes from heaven.