Genesis 45:21–28 (ESV)
Joseph Makes Himself Known
21 The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each and all of them he gave a change of
clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain,
bread, and provision for his father on the journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”
they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not
believe them. 27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And
Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Joseph reveals himself, reassuring his brothers.
With Pharaoh’s full support, he sends for his father and family. Jacob is finally convinced that his son is alive. God rules the world and brings evil to a good end for the sake of His people, as He did with Joseph’s slavery. Let us pursue Joseph’s
virtues—humility, wisdom, forgiveness, care for parents and family. And let us not quarrel in our Christian journey, but hold fast to the mercy and doctrine that God has revealed. In Christ, our sin is forgiven, and God gives us the joy of reconciliation
and new life.
I pray: Lord Jesus, the evil that happened to You on
the cross was for our good. Give us the benefits of Your death, and form our lives to Your cross. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (p. 86). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.