“Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”Genesis 50:19-21
Genesis, the Book of beginnings, is a rapid unfolding of how things began, and focuses on the development of the people and events that ultimately brought about a society that scattered hither and yon. What catches our attention early in this developing process is the entrance of sin, through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Their sin, and the inheritance of sin in the life of every individual born, wrought havoc from day one.
Families were immediately dispersed to other areas. Time allowed that inherited sin to so develop that man forgot that they were “brothers”, and so, hatred led to bitterness and wars! This led further to filial dissension, which in the case of Jacob and his boys, ended with a pretense of the death of Joseph and his being sold into slavery in Egypt.
God does not sleep! He saw to it that Joseph became Pharaoh’s top man. That his brothers would come to Egypt for grain; that Joseph would recognize them, through a manipulative process have them, his father, and the entire family brought to Egypt, and be allowed to remain there and cared for.
Joseph’s ability to forgive and to move on with his life, and they with theirs, (Genesis 50) is a beautiful picture of what God desires for his children. (Matthew 18) No excuses are acceptable!
The Book ends with the words: “So Joseph died at the age of 100 years; and He was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.” He had one request of his family: “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.”
In remembering the hurts of the past, FORGIVE! Show that forgiveness by honoring a dying mans request… Carry my bones back to Canaan; they did, in a mummy case.