“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. 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” (Genesis 45:3,4).TEXT — Genesis 45:1-15
A Bible commentator once said, “God may allow suffering because of the evil actions of fellow humans, even though He can supersede such deeds so as to work out His will.” According to Joseph’s testimony, God was working through the sins of his brothers to preserve his life and theirs.
Today’s text tells the story of how Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. There were many tests he used to find out the present condition of his brethren before he finally revealed himself to them. After they successfully passed his tests, he disclosed to them that he was Joseph whom they had sold into slavery. They were amazed and ashamed to come near him. He had to tell them the second time who he was. He enquired about his father, asking if he was still alive. He then informed them of the global famine, which was to last many more years. He told them of the need to relocate to Egypt and shared the story of God’s providence that preserved his life and used him to succour others. It was also to fulfil God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A new nation was about to be born.
God’s plans are not dictated by human actions. Any plan from anywhere to harm a believer will fail because God cannot approve it. Instead, He will reverse such evil plans and turn them to the good of His children.
God is merciful and extends His love and care to as many as come to Him. The elder brothers of Joseph expected retribution from him, but he offered them wholesome forgiveness. This illustrates Christ’s redemptive work for mankind. He died for us and totally forgives the sins of all who come to Him with a repentant heart. Today, no one has any justification to continue to go through life with the burden of guilt for his sins.
Thought for the day
Forgiveness of sin and forsaking of sin go hand- in-hand.
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- ROMANS 1-3 (Read By Alexander Scourby)