September 1st, 2018
Suppressed Guilt Can Rear Its Ugly Head
Genesis 50:15 (KJB) And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
Just imagine the thoughts swirling about in their heads and the fear at work in their hearts as their father dies. The brothers of Joseph must have taken a huge gulp of air as their father took his last breath on this earth. Taking this huge breath was one for the death of their father, and secondly because now they were left alone to face their youngest brother. Their father had unknowingly been a human barrier in between them and Joseph.
Now, their life was about to change and likely not for the best. Certainly, their brother Joseph had been waiting patiently for this very moment to arrive. It was time for Joseph to pay his brothers back for all the evil they did to him. The suppressed guilt about how they chose to treat their brother was making them most miserable.
However, the brothers did not understand that Joseph had no guile at work in his heart. He had forgiven them for their shameful treatment of him, though they had not forgiven themselves. Joseph had no ugliness towards his brethren at work in his heart for it was filled with godliness rather than evil.
Though his brothers expected Joseph to treat them as they deserved, Joseph desired to love them and treat them as brothers. Joseph had their best interests in his heart. Joseph is a picture of Jesus Christi in the Old Testament.