4. A LACK OF TRUST 29-38 a. Things get worse. Well, the brothers make it back home and they tell Jacob all that happened. Then they open their sacks and empty their contents only to discover that all of them had their money. Things just keep getting worse! Now they are really freaking out. b. All this has come against me! After hearing and seeing all this, Jacob turns to his sons and says, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.” It is obvious that Jacob does not trust his sons. They failed to protect Joseph. They failed to know what to do when the famine hits. And now they want to take Benjamin? He does not trust that they can keep him safe either. Reuben tries to convince his father that they must take Benjamin to Egypt by saying if they fail Jacob could kill Reuben’s two sons, which I fail to see how killing two of his grandsons would make him feel better for losing Benjamin but that is what Reuben goes with. Jacob refuses to let Benjamin go. His heart and emotions are centered on himself again. He does not want to go through the trauma of having lost his love Rachel, his favorite son Joseph and his second favorite son Benjamin. Simeon can rot in an Egyptian prison, but Benjamin will not go. His heart could not stand the sorrow. He would go to Sheol or the grave in sorrow if that were to happen. “All this has come against me!” Or has it?