Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
K.J.V Bible Text
As I read about the alarm that Joseph’s brothers felt because of fear that now that Jacob was dead Joseph would want to pay them back for the evil they had done to him, I wonder if perhaps the deceit they had practiced when they sold Joseph into slavery still existed. The scripture says, “So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.”
As I did not notice anywhere in the prior scripture that Jacob had actually left such instructions, I’m assuming they were lying in order to “save their hides.”
Joseph was a very wise man however; and he saw the true reason why God had allowed him to be sold to the Egyptians. He realized God had allowed them to act upon their intent to harm him in order to accomplish the good he had in mind, that of saving many people from the famine.
Joseph promised to continue to care for his brothers.
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