Joseph is now leader of Egypt, and his own brothers will bow before him without knowing who he is (Genesis 42). Josephâ€™s brothers will humble themselves when Joseph forces them to return with
Benjamin (Genesis 43), andâ€”when Benjaminâ€™s safety is, they fear, threatened (Genesis 44)â€”they will plead for grace before this powerful man, whom they see as â€ślike Pharaoh.â€ť In the end, when Joseph reveals his identity, they will understand that, despite what they have done, God has brought good out of it all.
Interestingly, this whole next sequence of events, which were supposed to be about Josephâ€™s success, are more about his brothersâ€™ repentance. Their back-and-forth journeys from Joseph to their father, and the obstacles they encounter, make them remember their wicked acts toward Joseph and their father, and they realize their iniquity toward God. Josephâ€™s brothers live that whole experience as a divine judgment. And yet, the moving emotional conclusion, which brings everyone to tears and joy, also contains a message of forgiveness for them, despite their unjustifiable acts of evil.
Panel: Lorraine McDonald, Mark Larman, Beverley Brown, Clive Ferguson
Hosted by: Lorraine McDonald
Aired: Saturday 18 June 2022 9am-11am