But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
What a profound question Joseph posed to his frightened, guilt ridden brothers as they stood before him as ruler over all of Egypt. They were at his mercy knowing they deserved anything but mercy. As many of you remember they were jealous of Joseph, because he was loved by his father more than them. This jealousy was so strong they planned to murder their brother! They were stopped by the oldest brother, Rueben, instead throwing Joseph in a pit, and selling him into slavery to Ishmaelites passing by.
Joseph’s life was a glimpse of our Lord and Savor who was to come. Joseph was stripped of his robe, 37:23, sold for a few pieces of silver, (v 28), delivered the people from death (41:57, 45:7), and forgave those who sinned against him. (45:5) Read Genesis 37-50 for the entire, inspiring story of redemption and forgiveness.
We see throughout scripture we must walk in obedience to God which always requires forgiveness as we have been forgiven. Throughout we see many examples over and over of many saved out of the obedience of one. Jesus is our ultimate example knowing He was, and I is the Son of God without sin. None of us will ever sacrifice what He did for others, but may we allow God to be God, and never allow ourselves to try to take His place. Joseph told his brothers not to fear; he would provide for them and their little ones. He comforted them and spoke kindly. Let us do the same trusting God when people intend evil toward us to allow God to turn it to our good for others sake as our wonderful Savior did!
In His love.
Let the mountains bring peace to your people… and oh how they do!