21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” Genesis 45:21-24
Joseph loaded them up with provisions, silver, and fine clothing. It was his way of blessing them in spite of themselves.
In a previous post, I wrote that the journey home would be interesting because of the ensuing conversation. Obviously Joseph had thought about that as well because he told them not to quarrel.
You know they would argue anyway. It’s human and family nature to quarrel, so even Joseph knew there would be a lot of finger pointing.
I keep returning to the concept of grace throughout this portion of Scripture. Even Pharoah showed grace to Joseph and his family during this time. He could have been a horrible dictator the rest of his time as Pharoah but for now he had grace on mercy on Joseph’s family.
Are there areas in your life you need to show more grace? As a general rule, you probably can’t show too much grace to people. Even when people take advantage of your generosity, you can show a different side of grace.