"In today’s passage, Joseph could no longer hold back – he revealed his true identity to his brothers and asked the question that had been burning on his heart for years: “Is my father still alive.” Joseph was finally reconciled with his cruel brothers by grieving, praying and forgiving them." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?"Joseph is not interested in revenge. He forgives instead. Realizing that the pain and suffering his brothers had put him through was part of God's plan. This knowledge freed him from his anger and desire for revenge.
But his brothers weren't able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.
Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." So they did.
Then he said, "I am your brother Joseph. I'm the one you sold into Egypt. But don't be upset. And don't be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives.
"For two years now, there hasn't been enough food in the land. And for the next five years, people won't be plowing or gathering crops. But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power.
"So then, it wasn't you who sent me here. It was God. (Genesis 45:3-8, New International Reader's Version)
Ultimately this reconciliation of a dysfunctional family led to the birth of a nation. Jacob's name had been changed to Israel and the families of his sons grew into 12 tribes in the land of Egypt.
The whole family was literally saved from starvation and redeemed from their ugly behavior through God's plan and Joseph's willingness and obedience to follow God no matter the twist and turns that it took. Through Joseph God reconciled and redeemed this family. God did this very thing for all people through his Son Jesus.
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