Saturday, April 2, 2011

Genesis 45:25-28 Joseph is Alive!

"So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.  They told him, 'Joseph is still alive!  In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.'  Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.  But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.  And he said, 'I'm convinced!  My son Joseph is still alive.  I will go and see him before I die.' "  (Genesis 45:25-28 NIV)
At first Jacob is incredulous.  How could Joseph still be alive?  If he were alive, surely he would have come back home.  Were his sons just trying to get him to go to Egypt because of the severe famine here in Canaan?

However, as Jacob looked at the carts and provisions which had been sent, his hope must have started to rise.  He had sent his sons with money to buy some food, but surely they had not had enough to purchase all these rich things.  The brothers' account of how Joseph was not only alive, but ruler of all Egypt was certainly too fantastic for them to have made up.  Besides, Jacob remembered a dream which young Joseph had told him about years before.  He had never forgotten that dream.  Now it seemed as though the dream had indeed come true.

Jacob might be old, but he was determined.  He would go to Egypt and see his son.

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