The Reveal and the Trip Home

The Reveal and the Trip Home

8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him. Genesis 45:8-15

All is well with Jacob’s sons except the trip home. Joseph was so gracious in what he did. Even though he forgave all, the brothers still had a long journey home and some explaining to do when they got there. Of course all of this is speculation because we don’t know what they talked about on their journey, but they still had to tell Jacob at least most of the story.

We like happy endings. Joseph gave them a happy story in the end. It was the story of how a boy who did no wrong was elevated to a high ranking position because he was obedient to his calling as a dreamer and interpreter of dreams. He took a risk in interpreting Pharoah’s dreams because it wouldn’t have ended so well if the Pharoah didn’t take a leap of faith himself in trusting Joseph. But Joseph knew the truth and wasn’t afraid to speak it to someone so powerful when given the opportunity.

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