GENESIS 45:1-5 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he
cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made
himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of
Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And
his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said
unto his brehtren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said I am Joseph
your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."
It has been said of Joseph that he was a type of Christ
because he saved his family from the drought. When Joseph heard Judah's pitiful plea he could
hide his feelings no longer. He had the room cleared except for his brothers and himself and
then revealed himself to them. He told them not to grieve over what they had done to him for
even though they had meant him harm, God had intended for him to eventually save their lives.
Joseph's brothers were speechless. I'm sure they were afraid and they really had good reason
to be. It was within Joseph's power to put them in prison or even have them executed as spies
but he meant them no harm now. I told you last week I would give you my opinion as to why
Joseph went to all this subterfuge. I believe Joseph may have originally intended to get his
brother, Benjamin, to come to Egypt and reveal himself to him only after the other brothers
had gone home. In this way he could have punished his other 10 brothers while, at the same
time, having his whole brother (who had nothing to do with him being sold into slavery)
with him in Egypt. This is only my opinion, though! If this was the case, his soft
heart would not let him carry the plan through.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How do you think the brothers felt after learning that the governor of Egypt was their brother, Joseph? Do you think they remembered Joseph's childhood dreams about them bowing down to him?
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