Friday, April 1, 2011

Genesis 45:9-15 Reunion

"Now hurry back to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says:  God has made me lord of all Egypt.  Come down to me; don't delay.  You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me -- you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.  I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come.  Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.' "  (Genesis 45:9-11 NIV)

Now that Joseph has been reunited with his brothers, he can not wait to see his father as well.  Besides the fact that his father is elderly, there are still five more years of famine to go, and if the family were to remain in Canaan, they would become destitute as supplies became scarcer and harder to obtain.

Apparently the brothers are still staring at him, unable to believe that it is really him.  Or, if it is him, they don't understand why he is not furious and demanding revenge.  For Joseph has to say the following:

" 'You can see for yourselves,
and so can my brother Benjamin,
that it is really I who am speaking to you.
Tell my father about all the honor
accorded to me in Egypt
and about everything you have seen.
And bring my father down here quickly.'

Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping.  And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them.  Afterwards his brothers talked with him."
(Genesis 45:12-15 NIV)

Finally, the news seems to sink in to the brothers' minds.  There is plenty of embracing and weeping to go around and then they probably stayed up half the night catching up on the past 20-plus years that they have been apart.

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