These verses are right after Joseph’s brothers left their homes and traveled to Egypt, in order to buy grain from Joseph. After seeing them, Joseph recognizes them, and promptly declares they must be spies. At this point, he throws them in prison (well, that’s the gist of it anyway). — This is what God gave me today in His word:
And he put them all together in custody for three days. On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households, (Genesis 42:17-19)
Christ, after He was crucified, descended to Hell for three days. Yet on the third day, he rose again! And with Him, he led those who had been captives; giving them Himself to eat.
Explanation of the transquote:
Alright, perhaps there is a difference, in that in this case, the person who set them free didn’t set them free by joining them in prison… And there’s the matter of Joseph being the one who actually put them in there in the first place. And there’s also a bit of a thing about them only being in prison for three days, as compared to us who in prison from the time we were born, until the time when Jesus set us free. But, aside from those things, it’s fairly accurate:
We were put in the prison of our own sin, and so were Joseph’s brothers. If they hadn’t sold Joseph, he would’ve never been in the position to put them in prison. Therefore, technically speaking, they were in prison because of their sin.
On the third of we were set free, as were most of Joseph’s brothers.
Joseph fed them after He set them free… Not with himself (thank goodness), as Jesus does, but he still fed them.
And finally, there’s another thing that we and Joseph’s brothers had in common: we were both horrible, wretched sinners, and we both regretted it. But than Jesus/Joseph forgave our sins and set us free!
New Testament confirmation:
17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[a] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— (1 Peter 3:17-19)
Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” (Genesis 42:21)
Actually, what ‘one said to the other’ was correct. It was because of their sin that they were in prison; as I said in my explanation of the transquote. Likewise, it’s because of our sin that we’re put in the prison of our sins. But Jesus sets us free! And thank God for that. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between us and Joseph’s brothers.
You are Loved!