Daily Reading: 15 April – Joseph: Identity Revealed – Genesis 45:1—46:7 ~ “God sent me here”

Friday of Third Week of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

“Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” Luke 11:2-4 (NLT)

E100:3.e The Story of Joseph:
Joseph Reveals His Identity – Genesis 45:1—46:7 (NLT)

Joseph Reveals His Identity

Genesis 45   Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. 2 Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.

 "Joseph Reveals Himself To His Brothers" Jean Charles Tardieu: c: 1788 Genesis 45:4, " I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold. Into Egypt."


“Joseph Reveals Himself To His Brothers”
Jean Charles Tardieu: c: 1788
Genesis 45:4, ” I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold. Into Egypt.”

3 “I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. 8 So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

9 “Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately! 10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own. 11 I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.’”

12 Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph! 13 Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.” 14 Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15 Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.

Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt

16 The news soon reached Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!” Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.

17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan. 18 Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces.’”

19 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here. 20 Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Jacob and his whole family move to Egypt to be with Joseph.

Jacob and his whole family move to Egypt to be with Joseph.

21 So the sons of Jacob did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey. 22 And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces of silver. 23 He also sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the finest products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies he would need on his journey.

24 So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, “Don’t quarrel about all this along the way!” 25 And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.

26 “Joseph is still alive!” they told him. “And he is governor of all the land of Egypt!” Jacob was stunned at the news—he couldn’t believe it. 27 But when they repeated to Jacob everything Joseph had told them, and when he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, their father’s spirits revived.

28 Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”

Jacob’s Journey to Egypt

Genesis 46  So Jacob set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac. 2 During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called.

“Here I am,” Jacob replied.

 Joseph Presenting His Father and Brothers to the Pharaoh François Boucher - circa 1723-1726 Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina)


Joseph Presenting His Father and Brothers to the Pharaoh
François Boucher – circa 1723-1726
Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina)

3 “I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. 4 I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.”

5 So Jacob left Beersheba, and his sons took him to Egypt. They carried him and their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had provided for them. 6 They also took all their livestock and all the personal belongings they had acquired in the land of Canaan. So Jacob and his entire family went to Egypt— 7 sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters—all his descendants.

“Do Not Be Afraid”

Prayer

Thank you, Father; you are my strength and my power. I trust you and I will not fear, for you are with me. If you are with me, who can be against me?

+ I rejoice in the spirit of love, power, and a sound mind that you have given me.
+ I give you my fears and anxious thoughts….
+ I commit all these things to you; cause my thoughts to become agreeable with your will.
+ Thank you for your promise to show me the way out of anxious thoughts and give me courage.
+ Thank you for giving me peace in my heart and mind as I make my requests known to you with thanksgiving.

Help me, Father, to comprehend your unfailing love for me, for your love is perfect and casts out all fear. I want to walk in your peace that surpasses understanding. Help me to put you first in my life above all else keeping my mind focused on you and trusting in your faithfulness and grace. Through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Closing Sentence

Let the light of your face shine upon us; free us from sin, fill us with your goodness, and make us radiant with Christ’s glory.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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