9 Hurry, and go up to my father, and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says, “God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me. Don’t wait. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you will be near to me, you, your children, your children’s children, your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.11 There I will nourish you; for there are yet five years of famine; lest you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have.”’ 12 Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. You shall hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 He fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.15 He kissed all his brothers, and wept on them. After that his brothers talked with him.
16 The report of it was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come.” It pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this. Load your animals, and go, travel to the land of Canaan. 18 Take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.’ 19 Now you are commanded: do this. Take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Also, don’t concern yourselves about your belongings, for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.”
21 The sons of Israel did so. Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22 He gave each one of them changes of clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. 23 He sent the following to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and provision for his father by the way. 24 So he sent his brothers away, and they departed. He said to them, “See that you don’t quarrel on the way.”
25 They went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan, to Jacob their father. 26 They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” His heart fainted, for he didn’t believe them.27 They told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them. When he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob, their father, revived. 28 Israel said, “It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Thoughts for the Day
Joseph, finally via an emotional dialogue heard across town with his brothers; comes clean and identifies himself. I would have loved to have seen his brothers faces. Their expressions, had to be priceless. The Pharaoh knowing Joseph the way he did, and seeing how great a person Joseph was, must have been trusting in genetics when he decided to invite the rest of Josephs family to Egypt. Pharaoh knew they were broke, so upon their immigration into the country, he provided them with they would need. Here, we have the first government sponsored immigration plan where Pharaoh’s Immigrants were to be the proud recipients of government welfare until they could get on their feet. Once Josephs brothers heart rates returned to normal, and they realized they would be spared criminally and otherwise, as well as spared from the famine being caused by the drought. I wonder how they were treated by the community at large when they arrived everyone in Egypt was barely surviving, now the government was providing for these freeloaders? It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall listening to people talk. Are we any different today?
Joseph’s brothers had to have felt they just hit the lotto jackpot. Now Joseph, was soon to be reunited with his father, which for both was a long time in coming. Again, though one must ask are we having good luck, or bad luck? It looks great today…..
Have a wonderful day…. Consider all things with prayer…