A Story of Forgiveness

May 15:2019

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 45:3-8

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The story of Joseph and his brothers is one of forgiveness. Joseph’s story began with his father, Jacob, when he (Jacob) ran away after he ‘deceived’ their father and collected the blessing that, otherwise, would have been given to Esau.

When their mother, Rebecca, heard of Esau’s plot to kill Jacob, she sent Jacob to her brother in Padan-Aram. On arriving there, he fell in love with Rachel, but in a twist of things, he married her sister first and then married Rachel later. After years of barrenness, Rachel gave birth to Joseph. Leah, her sister, already had children, so also their maids.

Jacob so loved Joseph that he made him a coat of many colours and favoured him. His brothers, of course, did not like him, and his many dreams of supremacy over them did not help his case. One day, on a mission from their father to check up on his brothers tending their cattle, they conspired to kill him. Judah persuaded the rest to sell him off to some traders who were on their way to Egypt. They informed their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal, and promptly forgot about him. Mission accomplished!

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Joseph became a servant to a top government official and was later, thrown into jail on a false accusation by his master’s wife. While in prison, he distinguished himself, interpreted some dreams and was eventually invited to stand before Pharaoh to interpret a dream. Because he was able to interpret the dream successfully and give unprecedented solutions to Pharaoh regarding an impending worldwide famine, he became the Prime Minister of Egypt! All these happened in a space of about thirteen years.

And his brothers came knocking, not knowing that their cast-away younger sibling was a ruler in Egypt, in charge of the food they came to seek! Their brother, Joseph, was the only person who had the power to turn them away or lock them up in jail and allow them to starve to death. They had made him suffer untold hardship and he had the power to revenge since they were now at his mercy.

But what did Joseph do? After some events had gone on between them, he revealed himself to his brothers and told them not to feel guilty about betraying him and selling him off, as it was God’s plan for him to be there in Egypt to preserve their lives. He forgave them all their wrongdoings to him, asked them to go home and return with their father so that the famine would not affect them, and took care of them in Goshen, the best part of Egypt. He did not mention their sins anymore.

Beloved, God needs you to let go of the hurts and pains others may have caused you. Forgive those who have hurt you. Let go and let Him bring His purposes to pass in your life. He will give you beauty for ashes.


Additional Scripture Reference(s): Ephesians 4:32

Prayer & Confession of Faith

Father, I forgive everyone that has hurt me. I let go of all the hurts and pains, and I remember their deeds no more. Do your beautiful work in my life. Amen!

One Year Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14

 

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