What kind of divination did Joseph do in Genesis 44:5, 15?


Genesis 44:5

ESV - 5 Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.'

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 In Genesis 44, Joseph tests his brothers (who have not recognized him) by returning their money in each sack of grain they had purchased. In Benjamin's sack, he places his special silver cup. Afte...

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Mini Kristine Rodrigues
The conversation between Joseph and his stewards indicates they were already aware he practiced divination with the cup and most likely had also witnessed it in the past. Joseph was immersed in Egyptian culture and no doubt would have adopted many of their customs and practices. The Bible describes Joseph as a man of high character, so I believe this was done in ignorance and that Joseph was not fully aware of the spiritual implications and dangers. Much like a Christian today dabbling or deeply involved in the occult. Moses was raised by the Egyptians and also well knew of their practices. After fleeing the Egyptians the first time he spend much quiet time in the desert. During this extensive period he contemplated all he knew and experienced in the past while also intensely seeking God. Moses went on to give us a clearer understanding of the source of divination and how it is contrary to God.

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