Bible Order: Exodus 11–13
Chronological Order: Genesis 26–27
New Testament Only: Matthew 14:1–21
Don’t Despair; God Loves You!
Yesterday I wrote my opinion that Joseph needed to test his brothers to see if they had changed over the years and that they needed a cathartic moment that would change their family dynamic. I believe that confession of their sin to their father was a prerequisite to their healing and moving forward. In today’s passages we see that cathartic moment come to fruition. Joseph saw that his brothers were now willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of a favored brother. This is what all of them needed to find, a willingness to sacrifice themselves for their brothers. They had to put their own petty grievances aside and put the welling being of others first.
I will likely make this point over and over again and here is not the first time I’ve made it; God grows us through adversity. It is the struggles in life by which we are made strong. A Christian is made a more mature and strong child of God through the rough times not the easy times. God doesn’t cause the rough times to come; those are a natural consequence of living in a fallen world; but God does use the rough times to accomplish His purposes. Look at what Joseph has to say in today’s passage about the wrong his brothers had committed against him.
Genesis 45:5-8 ESV
“ And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  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.  And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.  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.”
Now Joseph is being kind to his brothers in order to heal old wounds and release them from their chains of guilt, but what he is saying is that God took what they intended for evil and used it for good for those He chose to love and save. I’m reminded of what Paul wrote to the Romans many years later.
Romans 8:28 ESV
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”