When the brothers returned to Egypt with Benjamin, Joseph was overwhelmed with emotion. But he hid his feelings and invited his brothers, including Simeon who had been released, to join him at a feast.
That night, Joseph ordered that his brothers' donkeys be loaded with all the grain they required, together with the silver they had brought with them (which was double the amount to make up for the last trip). Joseph also ordered that his silver cup be hidden in Benjamin's sack.
No sooner had the brothers set off for home than Joseph’s steward made chase searching for the silver cup. When the cup was discovered in Benjamin’s sack, he was ordered to remain as Joseph’s slave. Judah begged Joseph to allow him to be a slave in Benjamin's place.
At this point, Joseph could no longer contain himself but broke down in tears, telling his brothers who he really was. He assured his terrified brothers that he would not harm them and instead had them summon his father to Egypt.
Jacob was reunited with his long-lost son before he died. Joseph, a true biblical hero, had saved his family and showed the tremendous power of forgiveness.
Find out more about Joseph by reading Genesis 37 and 39-50.