In Joseph’s Reunion, Joseph tells his brothers that “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! . . .Do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”
– Genesis 45: 4,5 (NIV)
Picture this scene: the drought had stripped Canaan bare of crops. There was no food in sight. Yet there was one place that reported having vast storehouses of food: Egypt!
Jacob knew that unless he acted soon, his entire family would starve. So he sent ten of his sons (all except young Benjamin) to Pharaoh to buy provisions. The brothers never imagined that in Egypt they would find not only food, but the brother they had long ago betrayed and given up for dead!
Joseph, Pharaoh, Joseph’s Brothers, their father Jacob
Genesis 41: 54-55, Genesis 42: 2-38, Genesis 43:2-24, Genesis 44:2-3,Genesis 45:1-28 & Genesis 46:2-29
Completing the epic story of Joseph’s path from favorite son to slave to powerful governor of Egypt, Joseph’s Reunion brings Joseph and his brothers, who had betrayed him, face to face once again. Instead of seeking revenge, Joseph sees everything as part of God’s plan.- if he had not been sold into slavery many years ago, he would not now be in a position to save his brothers and their people from starvation.
The drought predicted by Joseph has stripped Canaan bare of crops, yet rumors from Egypt describe vast storehouses of food. Jacob knows that unless he acts soon, his entire family will starve. He sends ten of his sons to Pharaoh to buy provisions.
In Egypt the brothers must see the governor, who is in charge of distribution of stored goods. The governor is, of course, Joseph. But 21 years have passed since the brothers sold him into slavery, and they do not recognize him. Joseph must choose between exacting revenge on his brothers or forgiving them, but decides to test them to see if they have changed.
He questions them about their family, learning that his father, Jacob, is still alive and being cared for by Benjamin. When one of the brothers admits their guilt in betraying Joseph, he has the brothers thrown into prison without revealing his identity. Joseph offers to free them, on the condition that they bring Benjamin to Joseph.
Upon their return with Benjamin, Joseph, as governor, stages a feast for them. As they eat, Joseph has a silver goblet secretly placed in Benjamin’s sack. He then declares that a goblet has been stolen, and it is soon found in Benjamin’s possession. Joseph condemns Benjamin to death for the apparent theft. His brothers beg for his freedom, asking that they be killed in his place, because they are the ones who are guilty. By this test, Joseph knows that his brothers are truly changed men. He reveals himself to his brothers, who joyfully hurry to bring Jacob to a reunion with his long-lost son.
Like all of us, Joseph had many things happen to him that were unfair. Yet instead of seeking revenge, he forgave his brothers and showed them the power of mercy and love. Joseph knew that God had taken something evil – Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers – and made good come of it. Because Joseph honored God, God rewarded Joseph, making him second in command of a mighty nation. As a result, Joseph was able to save God’s people from destruction.
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DVD Chapter index:
- Joseph’s Family Learns of Food in Egypt
- The Pharaoh Insists that Joseph Remain
- Joseph’s Brothers Arrive for Food
- Joseph Questions the Brothers
- Joseph Tests His Brothers’ Integrity
- The Brothers Discuss a Return to Egypt
- Guests of Honor
- Another Test is Devised
- Joseph Reveals His True Identity
- “In a Wondrous Way”
- Joseph is Reunited with His Family
Forgiveness, Love, Mercy, Repentance, Wisdom, Faith, Goodness, Inspiration, Judgment, and Leadership.
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