September 4th, 2018
Joseph Could Not Contain His Excitement
Genesis 45:1-5 (KJB) Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. 3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. 4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Because it is so important, once again we take a glimpse into the life of Joseph: his heart was overflowing with love and eagerness to make himself known to his brethren. It had been years since they had been together, and this was a meaningful reunion that he could wait no longer to get started!
However, his brothers were likely shocked and awed with him. They had left him for dead in a pit and then sold him as a slave many years ago. Now here he is standing right in front of them. Instead of being overjoyed at his presence, they were taken back and troubled. Afraid of what he may want to do to them in a fit of revenge.
However, Joseph was a mighty forgiving fellow. He did not let their surprise and trepidation keep him from urging them to come near him for he genuinely wanted to become a family again. He had long ago forgiven them for their ill-treatment and had gone on to live a successful life aligned in step with the grace and divine protection of God at work in his life. Joseph’s character rightly mirrored that of Jesus Christ.
Joseph could see God’s divine hand at work in his life and that of his entire family. God had preserved each of them and had protected and prospered Joseph in undeserved trials and troubles at the hand of his family. Now Joseph desired to cement a familial bond to share grace and good fortune with his family.