Genesis 43:29-34 (NLT)
29 Then Joseph looked at his brother Benjamin, the son of his own mother. “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” Joseph asked. “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Then Joseph hurried from the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother. He went into his private room, where he broke down and wept. 31 After washing his face, he came back out, keeping himself under control. Then he ordered, “Bring out the food!” 32 The waiters served Joseph at his own table, and his brothers were served at a separate table. The Egyptians who ate with Joseph sat at their own table, because Egyptians despise Hebrews and refuse to eat with them. 33 Joseph told each of his brothers where to sit, and to their amazement, he seated them according to age, from oldest to youngest. 34 And Joseph filled their plates with food from his own table, giving Benjamin five times as much as he gave the others. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Joseph had been sold into slavery at a young age by his older brothers. Because of lies he had been thrown into prison. Because of his faithfulness to God he was given freedom and ruling power by Pharaoh. And now in these verses his brothers have come to him seeking food, but they do not recognize Joseph. Joseph invites them to eat with him. And his younger brother Benjamin is given special treatment. The other brothers all have the same father, but not the same mother. Benjamin is special in that he is a full brother to Joseph, both born of Rachel their mother.

Jeremiah 30:22 says, “And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” God created us to have a desire for relationships. He first wants us to have a relationship with Him so we may know His desires for our lives. Then He wants us to extend our relationship to family and then to friends. Joseph had a strong desire to be reunited with his brothers even after they had plotted his death and sold him into slavery. And he desired a close relationship with Benjamin who was his younger brother. This was his brother, born of his mother who died giving birth to Benjamin. What joy Joseph felt to see his family and be reunited in his relationship with them. What joy Christ feels when we return to Him in our relationship. Joseph put aside the sins of his brothers for the sake of a relationship with them. Christ puts aside our sins so that we may be a part of His family. Are you seeking a relationship with Christ who loves you greatly? Pray you might understand Him more. Pray as your relationship with God strengthens your relationship with others might grow.