Today’s Readings: Genesis 42:1-45:15
Today is great reading, if you like drama filled stories or soap operas. Hollywood movie scripts are written after reading chapters like these. Guy who has been trampled and wronged in life, long lost brothers, deception, tears, forgiveness, reunions.
For me today’s stories tell us how mature and godly Joseph has become. When we first meet him in our reading a couple days ago he was a 17 year old kid telling people dreams be probably should not have been sharing. He was a kid scorned and abused by his own brothers. Today we read about Joseph the man…
He does not take Revenge – Genesis 42: Right from the start, when the brothers arrive from Canaan, Joseph could have easily put them all in prison, had them executed. Ok, he did keep Simeon in prison, but he could have killed them all. He was powerful enough to do as he wished.
He still loves his brothers:
Genesis 42:24a “24 Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again.”
Genesis 43:29 – 31 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!”
He recognizes God’s hand in his life:
Genesis 45:3 – 8
3 “I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. 8 So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
He can forgive wrongs done:
Genesis 45:14 – 15
14 Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15 Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.