July 15 – Genesis 45:1-20
July 15 – Genesis 45:1-20
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Heavenly Father, I love when Joseph tells his brothers who he is and tells them it was God’s plan. It warms my heart to see the love, forgiveness, and grace he gives his brothers. Help me to have that kind of heart. Help me love You enough to forgive those around me. Lacking forgiveness is a sin against You and will cause my relationship with You to not be what it could be, so help me to realize forgiveness is mandatory to have the relationship with You that I desire. Help me to see where I need to forgive and where I am lacking grace and mercy for someone.
In Jesus’ name.
bring your father, and come. 20 Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
Oh, the wisdom of this passage. Joseph knew that God had planned for this to unfold so that he could be used of God.
I love how he reassures his brothers. Verse 5 says, “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
I cannot begin to imagine the rejoicing that was going to occur!
How is God using you and me today to complete His plan in the life of another?
Sometimes the trials in our life can later be seen as victories for God. Find joy in the work God is doing through You.
Keep your spiritual eyes open and obey. Let’s see what He has in store for our loved ones.
45 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.
16 When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house, “Joseph's brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ 19 And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”