Genesis 45* Joseph comforts his brethren, and sends for his father. (1-15)Pharaoh confirms Joseph's invitation, Joseph's gifts to hisbrethren. (16-24) Jacob receives the news of Joseph's beingalive. (25-28)1-15 Joseph let Judah go on, and heard all he had to say. Hefound his brethren humbled for their sins, mindful of himself,for Judah had mentioned him twice in his speech, respectful totheir father, and very tender of their brother Benjamin. Nowthey were ripe for the comfort he designed, by making himselfknown. Joseph ordered all his attendants to withdraw. ThusChrist makes himself and his loving-kindness known to hispeople, out of the sight and hearing of the world. Joseph shedtears of tenderness and strong affection, and with these threwoff that austerity with which he had hitherto behaved toward hisbrethren. This represents the Divine compassion toward returningpenitents. "I am Joseph, your brother." This would humble themyet more for their sin in selling him, but would encourage themto hope for kind treatment. Thus, when Christ would convincePaul, he said, I am Jesus; and when he would comfort hisdisciples, he said, It is I, be not afraid. When Christmanifests himself to his people, he encourages them to draw nearto him with a true heart. Joseph does so, and shows them, thatwhatever they thought to do against him, God had brought goodout of it. Sinners must grieve and be angry with themselves fortheir sins, though God brings good out of it, for that is nothanks to them. The agreement between all this, and the case ofa sinner, on Christ's manifesting himself to his soul, is verystriking. He does not, on this account, think sin a less, but agreater evil; and yet he is so armed against despair, as even torejoice in what God hath wrought, while he trembles in thinkingof the dangers and destruction from which he has escaped. Josephpromises to take care of his father and all the family. It isthe duty of children, if the necessity of their parents at anytime require it, to support and supply them to the utmost oftheir ability; this is showing piety at home, #1Ti 5:4|. AfterJoseph had embraced Benjamin, he caressed them all, and then hisbrethren talked with him freely of all the affairs of theirfather's house. After the tokens of true reconciliation with theLord Jesus, sweet communion with him follows. 16-24 Pharaoh was kind to Joseph, and to his relations for hissake. Egypt would make up the losses of their removal. Thusthose for whom Christ intends his heavenly glory, ought not toregard the things of this world. The best of its enjoyments arebut lumber; we cannot make sure of them while here, much lesscan we carry them away with us. Let us not set our eyes orhearts upon the world; there are better things for us in thatblessed land, whither Christ, our Joseph, is gone to prepare aplace. Joseph dismissed his brethren with a seasonable caution,"See that ye fall not out by the way." He knew they were too aptto be quarrelsome; and having forgiven them all, he lays thischarge upon them, not to upbraid one another. This command ourLord Jesus has given to us, that we love one another, and thatwhatever happens, or has happened, we fall not out. For we arebrethren, we have all one Father. We are all guilty, and insteadof quarrelling with one another, have reason to fall out withourselves. We are, or hope to be, forgiven of God, whom we haveall offended, and, therefore, should be ready to forgive oneanother. We are "by the way," a way through the land of Egypt,where we have many eyes upon us, that seek advantage against us;a way that leads to the heavenly Canaan, where we hope to be forever in perfect peace. 25-28 To hear that Joseph is alive, is too good news to betrue; Jacob faints, for he believes it not. We faint, because wedo not believe. At length, Jacob is convinced of the truth.Jacob was old, and did not expect to live long. He says, Let myeyes be refreshed with this sight before they are closed, andthen I need no more to make me happy in this world. Behold Jesusmanifesting himself as a Brother and a Friend to those who oncewere his despisers, his enemies. He assures them of his love andthe riches of his grace. He commands them to lay aside envy,anger, malice, and strife, and to live in peace with each other.He teaches them to give up the world for him and his fulness. Hesupplies all that is needful to bring them home to himself, thatwhere he is they may be also. And though, when he at last sendsfor his people, they may for a time feel some doubts and fears,yet the thought of seeing his glory and of being with him, willenable them to say, It is enough, I am willing to die; and I goto see, and to be with the Beloved of my soul.
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