This Week's Riddle #35
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers
brothers ate and drank and merry with him.
And Joseph commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill
the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's
money in the mouth of his sack. Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of
the youngest, and his grain money." So he did according to the word
that Joseph had spoken. As
soon as the morning dawned, the men were sent away, they and their
donkeys. When they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off,
Joseph said to his steward, "Get up, follow the men; and when you
overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for good?
Is not this the one from which my lord drinks, and with which he
indeed practices divination? You have done evil in so doing.'"
he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.
And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these words? Far
be it from us that your servants should do such a thing.
Look, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money
which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal silver
or gold from your lord's house? With
whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my
lord's slaves." And he said, "Now also let it be according to
your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and you shall be
each man speedily let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his
sack. So he searched. He
began with the oldest and left off with the youngest; and the cup was
found in Benjamin's sack. Then
they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to
the city. So Judah and his
brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell
before him on the ground. And
Joseph said to them, "What deed is this you have done? Did you not
know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?"
Then Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we
speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of
your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and he also with
whom the cup was found." But
he said, "Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose
hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave. And as for you, go up in
peace to your father."
Judah came near to him and said: "O my lord, please let your servant
speak a word in my lord's hearing, and do not let your anger burn against
your servant; for you are even like Pharaoh.
"My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a
brother? And we said to my
lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, who is
young; his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children,
and his father loves him.'" Then
you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes
on him.'" And we said to
my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his
father, his father would die." But
you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with
you, you shall see my face no more.'
So it was, when we went up to your servant my father, that we told
him the words of my lord. And
our father said, 'Go back and buy us a little food.'
But we said, 'We cannot go down; if our youngest brother is with
us, then we will go down; for we may not see the man's face unless our
youngest brother is with us.' Then
your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two
sons; and the one went out
from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn to pieces"; and I have
not seen him since. But if
you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring
down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.'
therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with
us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life, it will happen, when he
sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. So your servants will
bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the
grave. For your servant
became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him
back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father forever.'"
Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as
a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.
For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest
perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?"
Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and
he cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood
with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard
it. Then Joseph said to his
brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his
brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to
me." So they came near. Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother,
whom you sold into Egypt. But
now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold
me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life."
Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me - 12
this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side
when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her
father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when
they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure",
their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will
go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they
went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the
cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To
avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down. Then they visited
Safa and Marva from where they bought Zamzam water. She bathed with that
water but nothing happened. She and her father returned home heart broken.
Next blow for her was, her beloved father's death!! But while she was so
disturbed, she heard a low, gentle voice telling her to read about Jesus in
Quran Sura Maryam. She started reading Urdu Quran and started praying,
"O Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me!! Three years later her prayers were
answered with a marvelous vision of Jesus. Jesus personally came and healed
her. From the very first day, she realized the growing opposition from her
relatives and acquaintance. Three weeks later she got a Bible. While reading
the Bible she discovered the amazing fact that the Lord's Prayer which was
taught by Jesus to her in her vision was found in the Bible word by word.
Later she realized that baptism was necessary according to the Bible, so she
took baptism and she was given the new name Gulshan Esther. She was rejected
by her family members. Then she heard that her sister was dying. She went to
see her but by that time she was dead. But God had told her that her sister
will not die but will live. The miracle happened exactly. She came back to
life after 14 hours.
Gulshan's sister who came back to life wanted to know more about Jesus. So
Gulshan gave her a copy of New Testament. When she started reading from the
Gospel of Matthew, she explained to her about the birth of Jesus and other
things. Five days later she was returning to her blind school again. Her
sister told her, "My home is open for you anytime and you can come and
stay with me." As she settled in bus, her mind was thinking about the
series of things which happened in the past and her heart longed to go and
tell others about these miraculous things.
When she reached the sunrise school she found that she had lost her job. The
authorities told her that, she took two days leave but came five days later.
She had no chance to explain her position but she left her defense in the
hands of God and within few moments later she was standing outside of the
school not knowing where to go next. She stood by an electric light poll at
Ravi road. Her heart was aching. She was hungry and though the lunch time
had passed, she had nothing to eat. Her clothes which were given to washer
has not yet returned. When she remembered the faces of small blind boys, her
eyes were filled with tears. She had only little money that her sister gave
her. She was aware that it was a cold cloudy day and it will be soon dark.
She knew that it was not a safe place to stand alone there.
She cried out to God, "Father, is there any place for your daughter in
this city, where should I go now?" And she knew the answer immediately,
"Go back to Gujerat". She had enough money for fare so she took
the 2 O'clock bus and reached her sister's home and surprised her. Her
sister was very happy to see her and said, "I am glad to see you back,
now you will help me to understand the Bible." Even Anis' husband Blund
Shah was very happy to see her back. Both Gulshan and Anis had much time to
read the Bible and study it. Anis' behavior had drastically changed. She
became an angel to her servants; she made her servants to eat first before
she ate anything. When Gulshan asked why she was doing all these things Anis
replied, "I want to make sure about my destiny that if I die tomorrow,
where will I stand."
One day Anis asked her about Baptism and expressed her strong desire to take
baptism. But Gulshan knew the danger and the hard way ahead if she takes
baptism. But Anis insisted that she wanted to become full Christian as she
had accepted Jesus and wanted to walk with Him. But there was no chance that
a pastor could come and baptize her. One day Gulshan and Anis ordered their
maid to fill water in cement tub of bathroom and to lay outside some towels
and clean clothes. Maid's curious eyes followed their actions as they went
inside and closed the door of bathroom. Both Anis and Gulshan stood in the
water and Gulshan asked, "Do you believe that Jesus died for you and
would you confess your sins and accept Jesus in your life?" Anis
replied, "Now I bury my old self with Christ and am new in Jesus, I
will be faithful to Christ." At that moment Gulshan immersed her in the
water and baptized her in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit." Later Anis told her that she saw a vision that, she was
carried in angels wings and saw many people were standing around and
It was a moment of triumph but Gulshan knew that whenever she felt much joy,
she had to beware and watch for the activity of dark forces. And the same
thing happened this time too. Anis' husband was told about her baptism and
he got very angry and he was looking for a chance of argument with Gulshan.
Finally one day Gulshan was challenged to tell him about the difference of
reading the Bible and the Quran. Gulshan told him that, "Bible is
different because of Jesus as Jesus is the way, the truth and the
life." Blund Shah told her, "reading the Bible is all right but
about the cross is not right. Bible itself says that the cursed person
should be crucified on the cross, so how Jesus who was crucified on the
cross being cursed person, can save you?" He had a victorious look in
his face as if he had trapped Gulshan but he had little idea that she got an
opening to speak about her faith. Gulshan opened 1Corinthians
1:18, " For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
When she saw that he is not saying anything so she boldly read another
passage from the Bible, "The
next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world!"(John 1:29)
She told him about Abraham that how God gave the option of sacrifice to
Abraham in Torah. But after Jesus gave Himself for us, there is no need of
any sacrifice. She also showed him from Genesis
22:11-12, "But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and
said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." And
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for
now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your
only son, from Me." And
12:32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples
explained that because of Jesus' great sacrifice our sins are forgiven and
explained that Jesus was a perfect and complete substitute.
She said further that all these things are mentioned in the Quran which she
read first in the Quran and later found fuller meaning of these passages
from the Bible. She also told about the predictions of Jesus' coming in this
world as told by prophets. She said, "Bible is not the mere book but it
is the living word of God." She finished with Acts
4:11-12, "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which
has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for
there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be
He listened very carefully and it seemed as if he was convinced by her words
but then he said, "Do you want to make me a Christian too? You are
staying here, eating from my table and enjoying everything of my home and
still degrading our Muslim belief in this way? Get out, now, and this time
don't come back." Her sister gave her some money and told her not to go
back to Lahore but to go to Rawalpindi where one of Anis' friends lived
whose husband was in a high position in Govt. Anis told her that she will
find some job for her.
Three and a half hours later she was in the home of Anis' friend trusting
that there would be good outturn for her. The lady came and received her
with a big smile on her face. They had tea together while talking about her
health and how she traveled from Gujerat to Rawalpindi etc. After finishing
their tea she took Gulshan to her bedroom, closed the door and started
asking many questions like, "why she came without veil, why alone as no
girls come out from their family like this?" She also asked, "Are
you in any trouble?"
Gulshan asked her, "You were surprised to see me not wearing burkha but
aren't you surprised seeing me walking? I was invalid and on my bed for
nineteen long years." She said, "Yes I know that you were crippled
but which doctor treated you that you got healing?" Gulshan took out
her Bible and said, "I will show you which doctor treated me and she
read from Mark
2 : 9-11
the Bible talks about a crippled man whom four of his friends carried to the
place where Jesus was and completely healed by Jesus. She gave her Urdu
Bible to that lady so that she could see herself. She took the book as if
she caught a snake, looked in it for a moment and gave it back to her. She
said, "this is a Christian book." Gulshan said, "Yes, it is
and I myself is a Christian now. " She got very angry and said,
"What am I hearing this?" Gulshan said, "Yes, it is true, it
is Jesus who healed me. So I belong to Him." And she told her the whole
story of her conversion to Christian faith.
The lady looked very restless then she said, "If Jesus healed you then
too why you needed to become a Christian?" Gulshan told her about the
new life which was given to her by Jesus and how she became a Christian and
that because of that her family stood against her and threw her out of her
home. Then she said, "I did not come here to argue about religion with
you but I came here to ask, if you can help me to get a job?" She did
not say anything for a moment then she laughed and said, "I thought
someone has kidnapped you from your home and you escaped and came here to
ask help." "I will give you a room for tonight then let me see if
I can do anything for you next morning", she said. Gulshan went to her
room, said a short prayer and rested as she was tired of her journey.
Next morning on the breakfast table her husband politely asked her to
renounce Christianity and come back to Islam. He also told her that, if she
renounce Christianity, he will help her to reconcile with her family members
but Gulshan refused to do the same. She told the words which she did not
think of, "I have no quarrel with anybody, I am at peace with
everybody. I believe in the Prince of Peace who can give you the peace to
you too." He was losing his patience and said, "Why don't you
leave Christianity. If you do not want to live with your brothers or
sisters, stay with me for the rest of your life." She said,
"Christianity is not a religion that anybody can leave it and adopt any
other when they want, but it is an experience which I had in my life. If I
leave Christ, I will die." She then said, "Please, if you can
arrange a job for me please do so or let me go and never bother you
again." For a moment he did not say anything then he winked to his wife
and said, "Oh, yes we can arrange a job for you."
His wife asked her to follow her and then they got in a car and they went to
central jail. Driver called to the guard and asked him to open the gate and
the lady took her to the office of superintendent. She spoke to him
something in English, obviously about Gulshan. Then the superintendent rang
a bell and an old woman came with a bunch of keys in her hand.
Superintendent told her something which Gulshan could not hear. Then the
woman said to her, "come". Gulshan's kind friend told her,
"you go with her, this place would be better for you." She thanked
her for her kind help and followed the woman. The woman unlocked the gate of
one big hall where ten women were sitting on dirty floor. The room had high
ceiling, without windows. As she was standing there the gate banged shut and
locked her behind. She looked toward the nearest woman and said,
"What's going on, what is the job I have to do?"
This week's Riddle
Angel was sent to her to tell a gift of son, who will be called
the son of the Most High. And he will be given the kingdom of his father David. Who he was and to whom the angel delivered the
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of Riddle #34 and Winner
They were twelve but one of them was thief. Who was he?
One of Jesus' disciples was thief whose name was Judas Iscariot who
was the son of Simon.
Riddle was taken from: John 12:2-8
Bincy A Thomas, 13 yrs, Kuwait.
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Bryan A. Thomas, 8 yrs, Kuwait.
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