Genesis 44:25 (KJV)
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
The term, little, has to be relative. Each brother carried sacks of food back with them and I think we can assume each brother had more than one animal carrying sacks. It would be impractical to endeavor upon such a journey unless a substantial amount of food could be obtained. There were seventy mouths to feed back home and they wouldn’t have wanted to make this journey very often.
On the other hand, it could not have been a lot of food. They could have only carried so much and, with so many mouths to feed, it must surely have been a sparse meal they all received.
So much trouble for just a little food.
- How necessary that little bit is
- What lengths a man will go to get it
May we ever learn to place this much value in the things of the spirit-things of eternal worth.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
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Genesis 44:25 A “Little” Food
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