Meanwhile, in the land of Cana’an, Yaakov called a meeting with his sons.
“Listen carefully my dear sons,” Yaakov began. “We will soon run out of food. I understand that there is plenty of food for sale down in Egypt. No matter the cost, your mission is to bring back plenty of food.”
Yaakov sent only 10 sons down to Egypt. He did not allow the youngest, Binyamin, to join them. Both Binyamin’s mother, Rachel, and his older brother Yosef, had terrible things happen to them while they were on the road – Rachel passed away and Yosef disappeared – so Yaakov was afraid for Binyamin’s welfare.
Yaakov added, “Also, it would be best not to draw attention to yourselves, so each of you should enter Egypt through a separate entrance.”
The 10 brothers, Reuven, Shimon, Levi, Yehudah, Yissachar, Zevulun, Dan, Naftali, Gad, and Asher, set out for their important mission. All 10 of them were involved in the sale of Yosef as a slave. Little did they realize they would soon see him once again!