TAKE A LITTLE HONEYGenesis 43:11And their father Israel said to them, "If itmust be so, then do this: Take someof the best fruits of the land in yourvessels and carry down a present forthe man--a little balm and a littlehoney, spices and myrrh, pistachionuts and almonds.
The TextFamine in Palestine – go to Egypt for grainTrying to gain favor with EgyptTake some fruit, balm, honey, spices, myrrh,pistachio nuts, and almondsTake double money, return the money in the sacksTake BenjaminGenesis 43:14 And may God Almighty giveyou mercy before the man, that he may releaseyour other brother and Benjamin. If I ambereaved, I am bereaved!"
Take HoneyHebrew word – debashCan refer to bee honeyAlso to grapes, squeezed, boiled down to 1/3 –making a thick syrup – like grape jellyBee honey was useful, but it was not rare orexpensiveGrape debash – was rare and very expensive inEgypt
Whats the point?The important thing was the money for grainImportant was to return the money in theirsacks from the previous tripHoney and nuts were “to boot” - offer them to“sweeten the pot” - something extraSell corn – give them 13 earsSell a horse – throw in the saddle and bridle
Show some kindness in lifeJacob Wanted to get on the“good side” of theman in EgyptSent extras to showappreciation
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney =kindness1 Corinthians 13:4Love suffers long andis kindEphesians 4:32 Andbe kind to oneanother,tenderhearted,forgiving one another,just as God in Christforgave you.
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney =kindnessColossians 3:12 Therefore,as the elect of God, holy andbeloved, put on tendermercies, kindness, humility,meekness, longsuffering2 Peter 1:5-7 5 But also forthis very reason, giving alldiligence, add to your faithvirtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 toknowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, toperseverance godliness, 7 togodliness brotherly kindness,and to brotherly kindness love.
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney = kindnessHomeSpouseChildrenVisitorsPhone calls
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney = kindnessHomeChurchEldersDeaconsPreacherOne another1Thessalonians2:7 But we weregentle amongyou, just as a
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney = kindnessHomeChurchBrethrenProverbs 18:21 Deathand life are in the powerof the tongue, And thosewho love it will eat itsfruit.Genesis 50:21 Nowtherefore, do not beafraid; I will provide foryou and your little ones."And he comforted themand spoke kindly tothem.
Show some kindness in lifeJacobHoney = kindnessHomeChurchBrethrenEverydaybusinessServant sent to find awife for IsaacGenesis 24:12 Then hesaid, "O Lord God of mymaster Abraham, pleasegive me success thisday, and show kindnessto my master Abraham.
ConclusionHow can I show kindness in mylife?Where can I take along somehoney?NOT: How can others treat mebetter?BUT: How can I show kindness toothers?