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January 30th, Genesis 45:1-46:9: Joseph forgives his brothers

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve always wondered what it would be like if you came back from the dead, i.e. someone thought you had died but then you returned whole. After going through the five stages of grief, the joy, happiness, anger, sadness and other upswelling of emotion would be incredible.

And so it was in Genesis 45, when Joseph sent away his Egyptian servants for the big reveal. His brothers were so stunned and terrified that they could not speak. Furthermore, Joseph told his brothers not to worry because he understood that it was God’s doing all along. God had sent him to Egypt ahead of his brothers to prepare for coming famine.

Joseph embraced his brother Benjamin and kissed all of his brothers. He wept, and afterwards his brothers talked with him.

Upon hearing the news, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. They gave carts and donkeys and other goods for Joseph’s brothers to take back, and invited Israel to the best land in Egypt.

Jacob at first did not believe his sons, but upon seeing the carts and other goods his spirit was revived. Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their children and wives with them. So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt.

At this point, we go to 1st Chronicles for the genealogy of Israel’s sons. Reuben was technically the firstborn of Israel, but he lost his rights as a firstborn when he defiled his father’s marriage bed.

Okay, I’m going to be honest here, all the names blended together in my head at this point.

Question: Has something terrible every happened to you that you realized later was God’s doing? How have obstacles in your life strengthened you?

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