Joseph Study | Day Eleven
By: Brittany Green | RECONCILIATION
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Have you ever seen a video of people reuniting at the airport? THEY WRECK ME. Whenever family members are waiting with flowers, posters, and giant bear hugs, I usually start crying when they start crying—especially the military surprise homecomings. Talk about blubbery WATERWORKS.
Today’s reading is full of celebrating and reuniting. Let’s take a look at this giant, messy homecoming together!
Read Genesis 43.
We see the messy part right off the bat. The famine meant bad news for Joseph’s family. They fled Egypt with the extra money placed back in their bags, not knowing how to respond. The only way they could return was with Benjamin, and Jacob must have been pretty desperate to let that happen. The first part of this chapter shows Judah and Jacob debating over this decision.
Judah is one of my favorite players in this saga. He’s such a mess, but in verses 3-10, we see him rise up as the leader among his brothers. He promises to care for Benjamin and to take the blame if something were to happen to him. He’s grown up quite a bit since deciding to sell Joseph. Maybe he’s trying to make up for what he did.
They set off with an abundance of gifts for Joseph. They want to get back in his good graces. It seems like they’re really afraid of what they’ll encounter when they get to Egypt, but their families need food.
How does Joseph welcome them when they get there?
Picture the moment they get to Joe’s house. It’s probably incredible. They’re welcomed with a feast and their brother, Simeon. They are unbelievably provided for.
I just imagine that this feast is massive. It says that food just kept coming. So these farm boys were most likely in awe. Not to mention, glad they were back with Simeon – who was glad to be out of prison.
God was providing for this family in so many ways. He knew the famine would come, so Joseph was sent to Egypt through a lot of twists and turns. He ended up in a position of power. Had he not been in charge, the family might not have been able to get enough grain. Joseph and all that he went through were necessary for the preservation of his family. In the same way, you and all that you have been through and will go through are necessary for the preservation of this generation.
But like Joseph, we have a choice. Joseph could have used his power to punish his brothers for how they treated him in the past, but he didn’t. He chose to use his power in the right way. He has spent his life living how God wants him to live. This moment is no different. He chose to serve his family rather than punish them.
What does this say to us today?
God is in the business of reconciliation. Like those videos of family reunions, He wants us to be united with our families, friends, and ultimately with Himself.
So do you use what you have – your time, your resources, your attitude – for God? To serve others and build reconciliation? Or do you use them only when it’s beneficial to you?
How can we serve others even when it doesn’t feel good?
List some ways you could serve others this week.
How can you love those around you through both your attitude and actions?
Take some time to pray for those people in your life that are hard to love and serve. Ask God to change your heart to be more open like Joseph’s.