Look with me at Genesis 50:15-21. There is much for us to learn here about the sovereignty of God in our lives. Continue reading . . .
Look with me at Genesis 50:15-21. There is much for us to learn here about the sovereignty of God in our lives.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them (Genesis 50:15-21).
Joseph’s brothers not only had sold their brother into slavery and lied to cover their tracks but had failed horribly in their assessment of his character. They couldn’t bring themselves to believe that Joseph’s kindness and longsuffering were heartfelt and sincere, the fruit of a genuine love for them and concern for their welfare. Surely his treatment of them must be due to some external pressure, constraint, or fear. Perhaps his kindness was due solely to the influence of Jacob, their father. “Might it be that Joseph is good to us,” they wondered, “because he doesn’t want to break our father’s