Read Gen. 45:1-8
Today Joseph finally makes himself known to his brothers. I wonder if this is how it will be when Jesus makes himself known to his Jewish brothers in the end of time. The Jews, like Joseph’s brothers have no idea that their younger brother has become the “savior” of their world and is famous to everyone but them. His brothers were speechless while Joseph drilled them with questions about his father. When they came closer and looked deeper they could recognize him. He immediately tried to rid them of their guilt and explained the plan of God to them. Isn’t that just like Jesus to cover our sins and reveal the big picture to us. Then he revealed the plan for their future. The famine would last 5 more years so they must bring their father and their families to the land of Goshen where there is good pasture land and they will be close enough to Joseph that he can take care of them. Goshen means “drawing near”. Then he turns his attention to Benjamin, his only full brother and they embrace and weep. Benjamin is a picture of the New Testament church. It didn’t immerse on the scene till after Jesus died. Jesus died so that she would have 5 times the blessings of the Old Testament. Benjamin was related by blood on both sides and the church will be completely related to God by the blood of Jesus. The Jews didn’t crucify Jesus it was God himself who did that for the world. Is. 53 says that it “pleased the Lord to bruise him”. God could have called 10,000 angels to rescue Jesus if it hadn’t have been his plan from the foundation of the earth. (Rev. 13:8) Joseph tried to get this point across to his brothers that it was God’s plan that he was sold by them so that he could go ahead of them and prepare a place for them to live and be preserved. Jesus has gone ahead of us to heaven to prepare a place for us that where he is we might also be. (John 14:2,3) He has also prepared a Goshen for us here on earth where we can be provided for if we draw near.
Thank you Lord for you eternal plan for us. May we take comfort in You.