Joseph Revealed

Joseph saw that Judah was willing to sacrifice himself rather than letting Benjamin (Joseph’s full brother) suffer. Now he began to see beyond the present and hint of a future in which God had something bigger in mind.  But the first step was to make himself known.

Genesis 45:1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

This was an unexpected turn of events.  The brothers had not recognized him at all!  They were beginning to see, too.  But the outcome wasn’t immediately overwhelming joy.  Rather, the brothers’ terror only increased at his identity.  It is no wonder that they were terrified.  Joseph knew they’d sold him out.  What was he going to do to them?

It was more than Joseph’s identity that was about to be revealed. 
They were about to get a glimpse of his true character. 

Think about it:

  • How did Joseph’s identity not act as reassurance for the brothers?
  • Had Joseph been a different kind of guy, what power did he hold over his brothers?
  • Why might Joseph have commanded everyone to leave except his brothers?
  • How are rescue and righteousness bound together with revelation? Read “This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.” Isaiah 56:1

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 14, 2019

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