Genesis 50:1-2,12-13,19-21 (ESV) Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel… Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place… But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

The last chapter of the book of Genesis ends with a burial, the coming together of a family and an end of a beautiful era.

These 50 chapters spanned a significant period of time and taught us much but is just the start of our journey across the word of God.

God’s faithfulness was evident in the lives of these Bible greats but why were Joseph’s brothers worried again?

Joseph’s grief was great and Pharaoh’s support to him to bury his father Israel in the land of his birth was evidence of the favor Joseph found in Pharaoh’s eyes.

Joseph’s brothers feared for their lives because they thought his forgiveness to them was because of their father but now they would face his wrath.

They did not understand that Joseph’s first forgiveness was genuine and total not because of his flesh but because God had transformed his heart.

Joseph reiterated to them his love for God and for the blessing caused by God despite of his brothers actions.

In Joseph’s witness, we can see what true forgiveness really means. He did not forget the dungeons of his past but God’s love helped him hold no bitterness against his brothers and God’s goodness helped him to find hope in all things.

Are you living with the bitterness of past hurt and looking at a dismal future? Jesus Christ wants to transform your bitterness and hurt into His perfect peace and give you a future of joy and hope. Call on Him right now and He will answer!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful ending, Vineet, and call to Jesus, who forgives and teaches us to forgive as well. Bitterness is such a destructive emotion. Had my days of that. And the more I gave into it, the worse I got. So glad Jesus pulled me from that pit and showed me a better way! 🙂 God bless you for taking us on this journey through Genesis!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Debbie,
      Thank you for sharing your past brokenness and revealing the beauty of what God has done in your life. Bitterness is something we all live with and even after we are saved, there are times when we hold onto that bitterness thinking we are hurt but not realizing that the bitterness inside of us is making us bitter on the outside too. Yesterday we had a communion service and it was wonderful to just kneel and ask God to reveal all whom we needed to forgive and to ask God for His forgiveness on us for our sinfulness. It was such a powerful reminder of what the gospel is to us and you reminded me of it just now with your comment.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. Ann says:

    “… Joseph’s first forgiveness was genuine and total not because of his flesh but because God had transformed his heart.”
    “In Joseph’s witness, we can see what true forgiveness really means. He did not forget the dungeons of his past but God’s love helped him hold no bitterness against his brothers and God’s goodness helped him to find hope in all things.”

    Vineet, this was a great post.

    Forgive me for picking out lines but you’ve taught on something that’s very important to us as followers of Christ. We often get blindsided by people and situations and we’re left wondering what we did to deserve the pain and left to our flesh, we would act as the world expects. Fortunately for us, we have the transforming power of God on our side so we know to act differently.

    Joseph’s life would no doubt have had a much different ending if he had not allowed God to work through his circumstances. It’s not always the easiest thing to do but unless we exercise true forgiveness, we are going nowhere fast!

    I’ve always heard that to forgive is to forget but later on in life I learned that to forgive means we may remember but we have no desire for revenge.

    Praying God would give us the right responses even in cases where we are wronged. May God grant us the wisdom to take the Jesus approach even when we don’t feel like it.

    Blessings and thank you so very much for the time you put into this study. Thankful that you took the time to prepare these for us. May God reward your faithfulness and your diligence to serve Him.

    (I wrote much. Please oblige 🙂 )

    In His Steps,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Please dont ever feel restricted to write here. I enjoy reading comments as they help me understand what else God would have me understand and they help me see things in a new light.

      I love the way you pulled the statements apart to reveal the truth of God. If not for the love of God in us, we would be so lost and desperate right now. It’s like a total rehab for our bitter hearts except we are not the ones given back control of our broken bodies but instead God takes full control until eternity 🙂

      You said that part right about forgetting and forgiving but in reality we don’t forget anything. We just suppress our bitter feelings but they are stored and come up at the most inopportune moments. I have to keep going back to God each day and ask Him to reveal my misdeeds and those who I need to forgive in order to remain in Him. Sometimes God places people we don’t expect and the result is awesome when those relationships are blessed by God.

      I praise God that the study is part of my daily devotionals as all I do is pen His words to me. I’m but the lazy typist and He is a patient teacher 🙂

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. This is such an encouraging post. I liked this:

    “They did not understand that Joseph’s first forgiveness was genuine and total not because of his flesh but because God had transformed his heart.”

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,

      That sure was vital for me to understand because my first question was why would they be worried when Joseph was so good to them. As I read it again and ask God to reveal it, I realized that they did not fully understand or appreciate Joseph’s forgiveness because they were operating from a human viewpoint where God’s tranformation had not happened. It was when they heard Joseph repeat his forgiveness and thank God for His blessing that they began to appreciate Joseph’s forgiveness.

      I realized this was the same as the disciples to whom Jesus revealed His upcoming death and ressurection but they could only fully appreciate it after the event. This is akin to us understanding what God wills for our future and how things will pan out.

      Blessings to you,
      Vineet

  4. I accidentally rated my own comment. Sorry about that.

    Theresa

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