Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Noisy Process

 Then Joseph could not control his feelings in front of all his retainers, and he exclaimed, ‘Let everyone leave me.’ No one therefore was present with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers, but he wept so loudly that all the Egyptians heard, and the news reached Pharaoh’s palace.

Joseph has finally revealed his true identity to his brothers who have come to Egypt begging for grain. The emotion of the reunion is too great for Joseph to hide, his weeping being heard throughout his palace.

I love the story of Joseph in Genesis.  It's a story of jealousy, treachery, forgiveness and finally redemption.  It's such a human story and yet the divine plan of God is worked perfectly through it.  The above verses from Genesis portray the pain and agony Joseph had to work through before he could forgive his brothers.

We're not told what period of time passed from when Joseph first saw his brothers to when he revealed himself to them.  The brothers traveled to and from Canna a least two times so it could have been years.  Joseph had to process his pain and anger from the treachery of his brothers selling him into slavery.  When he did forgive, it was a loud and noisy process. "What's that noise?  Is the governor unwell? No, it's just the sound of a man forgiving".

Forgiveness is a part of mankind's story of salvation as played out by Joseph and his brothers.  It's a part of my story of salvation today.  Who do I still need to forgive...?

Lord Jesus, You know my heart and You know the ones who against I still hold a grudge.  Help me Lord to let go and forgive all offenses small or great, even it becomes a noisy process.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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