Joseph Makes Himself Known
Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.
3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there,because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’
12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”
14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.
16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’
19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’”
21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey.24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”
25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
We continue with Joseph’s story and see parallels between his story and Jesus’ story. Friday we left off with Joseph out of control with emotion. Have you ever been in that situation when emotion wells up in you so much you explode! You yell, you cry out.. That’s what Joseph did “everyone leave me”! Everyone exiting the room except for the brothers. I imagine the servants are thinking man these guys are in for it.
Joseph Cries out… “ I am Joseph!’ Me I would’ve added you dumb butts you haven’t recognized me all of this time? How can you not recognize your own flesh and blood!
But that’s me not… not Joseph who exemplified Jesus in everything he did. Amen. At this point the brothers are terrified, stepping back as they realize… finally. God opens their eyes. I imagine they’re thinking oh crap we’re in trouble. I’m sure they are blown away by this yet Joseph says come close to me. I envision tears streaming down his face and he can barely utter the words as he softly says “come close to me.” Arms outstretched, a softened heart of forgiveness… Come close to me, I forgive you.
That beautiful picture of forgiveness.
God‘s purpose in all of this was greater than the evil the brothers had for him. Everything Joseph went through was so God could use him to preserve his family and provide the conditions for them to become a great nation.
Joseph sends his brothers home to get his father. He wants them to come back and be close to him so he can care for them and provide for them. That’s what Jesus wants for us. To come back to him so he can care for us and provide us things that he has in store for us.
Go and tell dad that I am alive and how powerful I have become. Tell him everything you have learned and seen. Hurry and bring him back to me. = Tell the world about Jesus and what he’s done for them.
Jacob was like doubting Thomas when they got there.. He had to see everything to believe it. Finally ‘Israel’ sees and believes that his son is alive. Remember God renamed Jacob and said now you will be ‘Israel’. A transformation is happening now as God’s plans unfold through Joseph’s story and sufferings. Joseph’s integrity and loyalty remained as he trusted God and relied on him to accomplish what his plans were for him. He was patient, loving, kind and shared compassion to others even in his suffering. Humbling himself to his brothers showing how much he loved them and forgave them. Just like Jesus did for us.
Sandra shared this from her life application Bible this morning:
“ Jesus was rejected, kidnapped, enslaved and imprisoned. although Joseph’s brothers had been unfaithful to him, he graciously for gave them and shared his prosperity. Joseph demonstrated how God forgives us and showers us with goodness even though we have sinned against him. The same forgiveness and blessings are ours if we ask for them.”
Amen ! Tomorrow we will continue our journey back to Egypt
with ‘Israel’ and his sons. 😊
Who do you need to show Grace to today?
Remember Joseph’s story when your emotions get in the way.