11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children. Genesis 47:11-12
Finally Joseph was able to setting his family in Egypt. It wouldn’t be a permanent home, but they could stay there as long as they desired. They had Pharoah’s blessing to do just that. It was an offer they couldn’t refuse when they were in the midst of a famine.
I can’t help but think that Joseph’s brothers probably continued to sleep with an eye open, wondering when Joseph was going to lay down the law and do something drastic to his family. If the tables were turned, that’s what they would do if they were in Joseph’s shoes. They would make a mockery of the brothers and do what they could to destroy them. How do I know this? If they did it once and never really owned up to it, then there was nothing to prevent them from doing it again.
But God gave Joseph a tremendous amount of grace for the day. Deceit and guile wasn’t in Joseph’s DNA. Sure, he had a bit of fun with them at first, but it never got too serious.
No, Joseph laid out the red carpet for his family though the brothers didn’t deserve it at all.
It’s a simple picture of God’s love for us. We did not deserve any of His grace, but he poured it out abundantly in Jesus Christ.
We could not have gone on alone.
We needed a Savior.
We needed Christ more than we know we needed Him.