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What lies between forgiveness and revenge?

Genesis 50

Jacob is dead. It takes 40 days to embalm him. He is mourned for 70 days by the Egyptians, and then is taken to his chosen burial place. Funeral rites are held, and Joseph mourns his father for 7 more days. Upon his return to Egypt, his brothers fear he will seek out retribution for them trying to kill him. They lie and say it was their fathers dying wish that Joseph forgive them.

But Joseph replied to them: “Do not fear. Can I take the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve this present end, the survival of many people. So now, do not fear. I will provide for you and for your children.” By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them. (Genesis 50:19-21)

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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.”

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Help those who are hungry

Genesis 43

The famine continued, and the brothers father, Israel for this chapter, told them to go back to Egypt and to buy more grain. They reminded their father that in Egypt, they were told not to return unless they brought along their youngest brother. Judah convinced Israel to let him be responsible for the youngest brother. Israel also told the boys to bring gifts for grain seller in Egypt, pistachios, almonds, gum, as well as double the money they brought last time. This was to return the money from the first time, and to pay for new grain too.

When Joseph saw his brothers return, he had the house steward slaughter an animal and prepare a banquet for them. However, the brothers became apprehensive when they were led into Joseph’s house. They thought they were being led into a trap, and told the steward of what had happened to them last time and the money they found. The steward said that he had received the money for their purchase, and that they should not worry. Thew meal went well and Joseph inquired about the state of his family.

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