When the news was heard in Pharaoh’s house that Joseph’s brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: load your animals and return to the land of Canaan [without delay], and get your father and your households and come to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat (the finest produce) of the land.’ Now you [brothers of Joseph] are ordered [by Pharaoh], ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come. Do not be concerned with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’” Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. To each of them Joseph gave changes of clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. To his father he sent the following: ten male donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and provision for his father [to supply all who were with him] on the journey. So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “See that you do not quarrel on the journey [about how to explain this to our father].”
Genesis 45: 16-24 (AMP)
Indeed, When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice (Psalm 29:2). Joseph is this righteous man, the Lord had endowed him with so much favor before Pharaoh that not only was he a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household but he was also a ruler over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh was so pleased with him that when he heard the news of Joseph’s brothers arriving in Egypt, he was pleased along with his servants.
The details of Joseph’s history with his brothers was hidden from him. The Holy Spirit does not capture any event where Joseph narrated his past to Pharaoh or the story of how he got to prison in Egypt. This alone says so much of his character. No only he did he forgive his brothers, he never gossiped about what they did to him. Unfortunately, this was not always the case, remember, when he was in prison, he interpreted the butler’s dream and he asked him to remember him. Let’s listen to what he said-
Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. For in fact I was taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for which they should put me in the dungeon.” Genesis 40: 14-15(AMP)
At this point in time, Joseph must have been frustrated and impatient from slavery to prison. He hoped that maybe if the king he heard about his story, about how many bad and unfair things happened to him, that perhaps he would have mercy on him, release him and finally get justice. But that was never the case, butler forgot about him until two years later when the need arose for his skill in interpreting dreams.
Ruminating and meditating about our past, how unfairly we were treated and what atrocities were done to us, only leaves us in more pain. Not to belittle your feelings because indeed you did suffer and were hurt even broken hearted, only God know how painful those wounds really are and He cares. Simply cast your past unto the Lord, leave them at His feet and trust Him enough to turn it for your good. Meanwhile you should develop your gifts serve it to others, remembering that service is an act of love. Just like Joseph, your gift given in love, will bring you before kings.
The story goes on to say that sons of Israel were given wagons by the King himself to transport their father as well as their families. A nice picture of the Father’s heart. God the Father is represented by the pharaoh while God the Son, Jesus Christ is represented by Joseph. The servants in Pharaoh’s presence are representatives of God’s holy angels who rejoice when a person is born again. What amazing hidden treasures this word contains! It is the Father’s heart to equip you to tell others the good news and bring them into the kingdom.
Joseph obeyed Pharaoh and gave his brothers wagons and provisions for the journey. Though he is powerful with authority, He is humbly submissive to Pharaoh through obedience. Indeed was an impeccable servant leader. He reminds me of Jesus Christ, who despite performing many miracles, said He could nothing of His own but whatever He sees the Father do that which He does also. Jesus even said that He came to serve and not to be served. A good demonstration of his humility was stooping low to serve His disciples feet. What a great servant leader!!!
Joseph went on to give changes of clothing to all his brothers, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. As we have already discussed in previous devotions Benjamin represents the last generation on earth. We are the Benjamin generation whom the Lord favors. Benjamin’s life is marked by the grace of God. Just like we are currently living under the covenant of grace. He is a shadow of us, today.
At the end of the verse Joseph says something interesting. He said, “See that you do not quarrel on the journey [about how to explain this to our father].” I can only imagine what the brothers might have felt. How are they going to explain to their father that Joseph is alive and not dead. Are they going to confess their sin against Joseph to their father? How will they explain the gifts and supplies Joseph sent to their father? How would they explain the good news and undeserved, grace of God. The grace of God (Jesus) is so generous it not only forgave it also gave them more than what they came for free and sponsored their journey back only to bring them with their families to Egypt thus saving their lives.
• The Grace of God is undeserved and unearned.
• Servant leadership is characterized by obedience in love, to God ad through the leader He has appointed on earth.
• We are the Benjamin generation whom the Lord favors. Benjamin’s life is marked by the grace of God. Just like we are currently living under the covenant of grace. He is a shadow of us, today.