Look! Your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that I am speaking to you [personally in your language and not through an interpreter]. Now you must tell my father of all my splendor and power in Egypt, and of everything that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here.” Then he embraced his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him. Genesis 45: 12-15 (AMP)
Joseph unveiled himself to his brothers. He forgave them and Judah proved to be repentant. The brothers were shocked, they almost could not believe their eyes that Joseph was alive and well and the second in command to Pharaoh. No wonder, Joseph had to reassure them it really was him, that there eyes were fine and even the youngest of them, Benjamin saw. The moment was still astonishing to his brothers that Joseph had to point out that he was communicating to them without any interpreter.
I can only imagine what the brothers might have felt, never had they ever received such love and forgiveness from a person they intended to kill. They were in awe of Joseph’s character not to mention his splendor and power and that he was more than willing to lavish it on them. Moreover, Joseph still has a heart for his father, he kept asking about his well-being since the first arrival of his brothers in Egypt. Joseph sends his brothers back home, to tell their father of his splendor and power and bring him to Egypt.
Isn’t this a gracious picture of Jesus Christ telling His followers, the church to tell the others who are yet to believe in Him about His glory and power and eventually bring them to Him. It is about spread the good news of Christ our Saviour, just like Joseph saved his family preserving them from the drought, Jesus Christ saved us from our sins.
The story end in tears of joy as Joseph kissed Benjamin’s neck and later the rest of his brothers. The emphasis on been “first” in the bible shows a matter of urgency and priority. Joseph kissed his little brother Benjamin first to show his care, concern and priority was majorly on him not that the others brothers didn’t matter but that youngest was different, they shared a mother. Joseph represents the Lord, today because the current generation on earth is the last generation the Benjamin generation and as our good Shepherd He loves and cares for us. His grace is always sufficient in our lives.
Later on Joseph’s brothers talked with him. They initiated the conversation, this shows that they were comfortable to approach him and be cordial with him, despite all his power. It proves Joseph’s genuine love for his brothers because if he wasn’t genuine, none of them would dare to approach him, and they wouldn’t be comfortable around him. Infact their guilt would make them run and hide because they would think that Joseph would get even with them.
• If you’re a born again believer, tell others the good news of Christ and bring them to Him in church.
• Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (AMP)