Man is more forgiving than God

Genesis 45

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, and immediately asks about his father. He tells his brothers to hurry home, get their father and to have everyone move down to Egypt, where he will provide for them. Pharaoh then hears about Joseph’s brothers, and also says that they should move to Egypt, where they will be provided with the best that Egypt has to offer. They returned to their father, who did not believe them until he saw all that Pharaoh and Joseph had sent with them. He then exclaimed, “My son Joseph is still alive! I must go and see him before I die.”

In the course of convincing his brothers of who he is, Joseph makes the following statements:

But now do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for having sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you. The famine has been in the land for two years now, and for five more years cultivation will yield no harvest. God, therefore, sent me on ahead of you to ensure for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance. (Genesis 45:5-7)

That God had Joseph endure his hardships, just to save his own family is quite arrogant. While I do respect Joseph for the aspect of managing to store up a lot of food, and in the process save many, many people, he is being very small minded here. He and his family should be celebrating his great success in managing to save nations of people from starvation. Not that all this was just so that his family could survive.

God sure has a strange and roundabout way of saving people from famine. I’m curious. Is Joseph and his family the only ones he cares about, or are there others in Joseph’s homeland? If so, God is doing a very poor job of looking out for his people, while at the same time doing a great job of saving those who do not believe in him.

This has also been a very strange way of saving people from a problem that could have been prevented by God in the first place. Is this just more of the punishment from that whole garden of Eden debacle? If so, God holds a nasty grudge. Of not, he is cruel in allowing endless suffering from hunger.

Joseph again does a good thing though, in teaching us not to hold a grudge. Instead he welcomes his family and offers to share what he has earned.

Lessons I Learned:

  • It is good to have family in high places.
  • Don’t hold a grudge against your own family.

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