Not sure where to start with this one. So I’m just going to jump right into the juicy content that JUMPED out at me as I was reading.
Genesis 45 is the part where Joseph and his brother meet face to face after they crush and mocked his dreams, confuse him, took his robe, confiscated his identity, and sold him as a slave. Only to then further face other trials that comprised him and his integrity and lastly took away his freedom and confined him unjustly.
then these next couple parts are what get me. the bible says he cries. CRIES! So loudly the whole palace heard him and he says, “I am Joseph, is my father still alive?” Dude!? get the tissues….. I don’t believe that would be my first response.
Of course his brothers are shocked and scared to death cause if he really was their brother, their ‘brother’ is now in charge of all of Egypt and they have a lot of butt kissing to do.” NO! you’d think right?!
here’s what Joseph says,
” Now don’t be worried. Don’t be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me here ahead of you to SAVE PEOPLE’S LIVES.”
WHAT!? EH!? WHO SAYS THAT? people????
would you say that to the very same people, who betrayed you, hurt you so deeply I’m sure it would take YEARS of therapy to fix. folks, these people were his brothers. His family.
WHEEW! MAN! I’M DONE. DOOOONNNNNNNEEE!
I had to take a step back and think about it. who says that? who COULD say that?
- who knows that his identity was strongly anchored in Christ.
- who knew that God had his back. (in fact the bible states “the Lord was with him”
- who learned to forgive in the MIST of his hardships.
- Who had the compassion of Christ deep inside him. (He cried because he loved and missed them and didn’t even see the things they did to him when they appeared to him)
Lastly, Joseph wasn’t thinking of himself. He was thinking of his father, the men, women, and children of the land, the famine to come and how people weren’t going to survive unless some one who was tested, tried and trued was in leadership to keep things in order and give God the glory.
may we all be a little bit like Joseph.