Every time I read Genesis 45 tears well up in my eyes. The story evokes so much pathos. Joseph, the long-lost eleventh son of Jacob having been sold as a slave by his jealous brothers has risen to be prime minister of Egypt.
He has given his brothers a taste of injustice by returning their food money in their sacks and planting his silver cup in Benjamin’s. He has been testing their characters by demanding a hostage when they return home and now for the last time, having sent his steward to apprehend them, he finally cannot control himself any longer in their presence and leaves the room to weep returning to reveal his identity with much weeping and embracing.
Although not a type of Christ there are many parallels in the two lives:
- He is betrayed by jealous brethren (Christ and the Jews).
- He is sold for twenty pieces of silver (Christ was sold for thirty)
- He is unjustly bound and imprisoned
- God is manifestly with him throughout (Chapter 39 x4)
- Having suffered he is exalted to very high station
- He forgives his brethren
- He believes in the absolute sovereignty of God
- He is a saviour to his family
- He forgave them their sin against him
He is a godly example and man of faith (Hebrews 11:22), is there any wonder I named my son after him?