Genesis ends with two funerals – Jacob’s and Joseph’s. Joseph’s brothers’ behaviour is so typical of after-funeral family conferences. There can be much anger and resentment. We need to take Joseph as our example at such times.
* God Above, Your word is alive, supernatural and powerful. Please teach us from it today.
“Joseph wept when they spoke to him.”
There is much weeping in this passage.
The Egyptians wept for Jacob seventy days, all the household of Pharaoh and the elders of Egypt – So remarkable an event as to be marked by the inhabitants of the land.
The brothers of Joseph though he would turn on them in revenge for what they had done.
Still there, aching in their hearts, was their treachery. Their evil deeds as younger men, hating their brother.
Joseph wept at their words, at their thinking.
Because GREAT was his trust in God, and in the sovereignty of God’s powerful will.
“Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”
This is a strong word for all of us, God’s people.
He works good through our bad, through the bad of those around us!
God will not be short-changed or thwarted, no mind can outsmart Him, no strength can overpower Him.
He is the all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing, all-everywhere God!
Hallelujah, what a God we have!
* Dear Lord,
Please help us see what You want for us today from Your word.
Please may we be encouraged in the witness of Joseph.
Mark us as a faithful people, trusting in Your sovereign hand at work for our good.
Please make us more like Jesus today.