In Case You Missed It -- Genesis 45-46, Psalm 27
We arrive today at the climax of the Joseph narrative. Joseph discloses his identity to his brothers, but first he dismisses his Egyptian attendants. After hearing Judah's speech (ch. 44), Joseph releases his emotions, weeping loudly. Joseph's first words are not about himself but about his father. He asks, "Is my father still alive?" (After Judah's speech about their father, why does Joseph ask this question? The word "live" in the Old Testament includes the idea of 'enjoying health' and 'well-being.'), but his brothers are too terrified to answer him. Without hesitation, Joseph points to God's providence, moving their focus away from their self-blame (v. 5) and towards His purpose: "You sold me...God sent me" to preserve lives (v. 7). This means immediate preservation by sustenance as well as ultimate preservation, showing God's faithfulness to the covenant and prophecy made with Abraham (Genesis 15). We see God's sovereignty working in Joseph's favor, which he in turn passes on to his family by keeping them alive in Goshen (Ch. 46) until a new Pharaoh is raised up (Ex. 1:8-10). There are two difficult lessons we learn from Joseph's life: how to forgive those who hurt us and to trust that God has a purpose in it all. Joseph’s life is an example for us, echoed by the promises in Psalm 27:13-14 and Romans 8:28. Let us cling to these promises when circumstances seem hopeless and our hearts are broken.