When Judah offered to take Benjamin’s place as a servant, Joseph finally revealed his identity to his brothers. He reassured them not to be afraid or feel guilty for what they had done to him, as it was God’s plan for him to go to Egypt and save his family’s lives.
Joseph then instructed his brothers to return to their father and inform him that Joseph was alive. He also told them to gather their belongings and bring their entire family to Egypt to live with him and have enough food for the remaining years of famine.
After some time, the Pharaoh became aware of Joseph’s family and invited him to bring them to Egypt. The Pharaoh even provided wagons to transport the women and children and to carry Joseph’s elderly father.
Just before his brothers left for Israel, Joseph gave them numerous gifts and clothing items. Benjamin, who shared the same mother as Joseph, received the most gifts out of all the brothers.
Upon their return to Canaan, Israel was astonished to hear that Joseph was still alive. When the wagons arrived to take him to Egypt, Israel was overjoyed and expressed his desire to see his long-lost son before he passed away.
Joseph tells his brothers who he is in Genesis 45. They were initially frightened, but Joseph eased their fears by assuring them that he had been sent by God to Egypt. Rejoicing, Joseph’s brothers go to tell their father that he is alive.
Genesis 45 teaches us several valuable lessons. Firstly, it shows us the power of forgiveness. Despite his brothers’ past mistreatment of him, Joseph chooses to forgive them and even provides for them during a time of famine.
Secondly, the chapter highlights the importance of trust in God’s plan. Joseph recognizes that it was God’s plan for him to be sold into slavery and brought to Egypt, where he was able to eventually save his family from famine. This serves as a reminder that even when we face difficult situations, we can trust that God has a plan for our lives.
Finally, the chapter emphasizes the value of family and the importance of maintaining strong relationships. Joseph’s reunion with his brothers and father is a beautiful example of the love and unity that can exist within a family, even after years of separation and hardship.
We are grateful to you, Lord, for Joseph’s example and his readiness to pardon his brothers. Help us to be compassionate toward those in need and to be able to forgive those who have wronged us.
We also pray for help in remaining confident in your plan for our life even in the face of adversity. May we never forget that you have a plan for us and that you love and provide for us.
Also, we offer prayers for our families and close friends in order to foster healthy relationships and value our time spent with them. May we always treat everyone around us with compassion and care, as Joseph did for his own family. In your name, we pray. Amen.
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Jozef maakt zich bekend aan zijn broers. Caspar Luyken, 1712. This image is in the public domain. Cropped from original.
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