Genesis 50:1-2,12-13,19-21 (ESV) Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel… Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place… But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
The last chapter of the book of Genesis ends with a burial, the coming together of a family and an end of a beautiful era.
These 50 chapters spanned a significant period of time and taught us much but is just the start of our journey across the word of God.
God’s faithfulness was evident in the lives of these Bible greats but why were Joseph’s brothers worried again?
Joseph’s grief was great and Pharaoh’s support to him to bury his father Israel in the land of his birth was evidence of the favor Joseph found in Pharaoh’s eyes.
Joseph’s brothers feared for their lives because they thought his forgiveness to them was because of their father but now they would face his wrath.
They did not understand that Joseph’s first forgiveness was genuine and total not because of his flesh but because God had transformed his heart.
Joseph reiterated to them his love for God and for the blessing caused by God despite of his brothers actions.
In Joseph’s witness, we can see what true forgiveness really means. He did not forget the dungeons of his past but God’s love helped him hold no bitterness against his brothers and God’s goodness helped him to find hope in all things.
Are you living with the bitterness of past hurt and looking at a dismal future? Jesus Christ wants to transform your bitterness and hurt into His perfect peace and give you a future of joy and hope. Call on Him right now and He will answer!
In His Loving Service,
1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
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