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JOSEPH PARDONNE ET CONSOLE SES FRÈRES DE L’AVOIR VENDU EN ESCLAVAGE
Ge 45:1 ¶ Joseph ne pouvait plus se contenir devant tous ceux qui l’entouraient. Il s’écria: Faites sortir tout le monde. Et il ne resta personne avec Joseph, quand il se fit connaître à ses frères.
2 Il éleva la voix, en pleurant. Les Égyptiens l’entendirent, et la maison de Pharaon l’entendit.
3 Joseph dit à ses frères: Je suis Joseph! Mon père vit-il encore? Mais ses frères ne purent lui répondre, car ils étaient troublés en sa présence.
4 Joseph dit à ses frères: Approchez-vous de moi. Et ils s’approchèrent. Il dit: Je suis Joseph, votre frère, que vous avez vendu pour être mené en Égypte.
5 Maintenant, ne vous affligez pas, et ne soyez pas fâchés de m’avoir vendu pour être conduit ici, car c’est pour vous sauver la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé devant vous.
6 Voilà deux ans que la famine est dans le pays; et pendant cinq années encore, il n’y aura ni labour, ni moisson.
7 Dieu m’a envoyé devant vous pour vous faire subsister dans le pays, et pour vous faire vivre par une grande délivrance.
8 Ce n’est donc pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est Dieu; il m’a établi père de Pharaon, maître de toute sa maison, et gouverneur de tout le pays d’Égypte.
Ge 45:14 Il se jeta au cou de Benjamin, son frère, et pleura; et Benjamin pleura sur son cou.
15 Il embrassa aussi tous ses frères, en pleurant. Après quoi, ses frères s’entretinrent avec lui.
Ge 45:1 ¶ Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
5 “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
6 “For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
7 “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Ge 45:14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15 Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
• There are certain people you wish you could meet when you become successful.
• You wish to meet those who helped you there.
• You wish to meet those who inspired you.
• You wish to meet your peers to show them that you have arrived.
• Secretly, you also wish to meet those who were a stumbling block to you.
o Those who shot the doors in your face
o Those who abused you verbally
o Those who offered you no help in times in need.
o Those who cursed you and put you down.
o Those who used to take advantage of you.
o Specially those who pushed you off the cliff to destroy both you and your dreams.
o Unfortunately, some of those may be your own family members.
o The dead beat dad who offered no support.
o The siblings who were filled of jealousy toward you and set out to destroy you.
• As children of God, we must be honest that it is not easy to meet those who made your life a living hell.
• It is not easy to face those who left a big scar on you and went on to enjoy their lives.
• Vengeance is in the mind of most when they finally secured enough to carry it out.
• The flesh makes it seem like the sweetest thing to vindicate oneself when you finally reach the pinnacle of your life.
• If not to punish, the temptation is there to remind them of the agony they put you through and send them on a guilt trip.
BACKGROUND OF THE PASSAGE
• In Genesis 45 we encounter a surprise reunion, one that could only orchestrated by the God Himself.
• There is an appointed time for everything, and there is an appointed time for you to meet those who have wrong you the most.
• There is a time after the long seating by God’s right hand, for Him to turn your enemy to your footstool.
• The last encounter Joseph had with his big brothers was when he was begging for his life.
• Joseph could easily remember the last plea he was making to his indifferent brothers as the slave merchants were yanking him out of their hands.
• Joseph might have looked back a thousand times to see if his brothers would not change their minds and pursue the traders to return the money and retrieve him.
• The last recollection of them from back home was nightmarish.
• How long would it take a normal person to put something like that behind him?
• How many counseling sessions would be required?
• Joseph displayed a rare kind of attitude to leave the past in the past and to make the most out of the present.
• Joseph seemed to champion the high points of his life while dismissing the low points.
• The man who was hated because of his dream is now living in the reality of his dream.
• The way he saw himself elevated over his family in the dream has now become the order of the day.
• The casted out brother was now the prime minister of Egypt.
• Joseph used his authority to get all his brothers in the same room.
• Whatever Joseph had in mind to do became impossible; Joseph could no longer hold his emotion.
• Joseph asked all the helpers to vacant the building and to leave him alone with the prisoners.
• And then Joseph began to cry.
• Joseph was not a silent mourner; his cry was heard by two houses down the street.
• What kind of cry was it?
• Joseph must have heard the song by Ti Bob de Nazareth : “Gade’m la toujou!”
• I believe that the tears of Joseph were tears of gratitude to God.
• The long years of prayer to be reunited with his family was finally fulfilled.
• The fear he had for the life of his little brother was finally over.
• The hope to be reunited with his beloved father was closing to become a reality.
• The cry was long because Joseph had a lot of flushing to do.
• The cry of Joseph was a cry of gratitude and it was also a cry of joy, a cry of purpose.
• It finally makes sense for Joseph why God elevated him for a time like this.
JOSEPH REVEALS HIS IDENTITY TO HIS BROTHERS
Ge 45:3 Joseph dit à ses frères: Je suis Joseph! Mon père vit-il encore? Mais ses frères ne purent lui répondre, car ils étaient troublés en sa présence. (LSV)
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. (NKJV)
• This man who used a translator to speak to Them
• This man who insisted on seeing their little brother
• This man who incarcerated them by false accusations
• This man now began to speak to the in their native language.
• Now the shocker, this man says “I am Joseph”
• A big chill was in the room at this point, because the brothers of Joseph were seated on a filthy secret for many years; none of them crack the truth to another soul.
• They went to the mourning process like everyone else.
• They went to the massive search for Joseph’s body like everyone else.
• Nothing prepared them for that massive revelation: “I am Joseph.”
• Imagine the body language of these guilty brothers except for Jonathan.
• They stripped the last coat of distinction off of Joseph because it made him look too good, only to meet him anew with even a more glamorous apparel of honor.
Ge 45:4 Joseph dit à ses frères: Approchez-vous de moi. Et ils s’approchèrent. Il dit: Je suis Joseph, votre frère, que vous avez vendu pour être mené en Égypte. (LSV)
4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. (NKJV)
• All of them knew exactly what Joseph was talking about except for Benjamin.
• If you are seating on a dirty secret, know that there is an appointed day for that secret to be revealed.
JOSEPH CONSOLES HIS BROTHERS
Ge 45:5 Maintenant, ne vous affligez pas, et ne soyez pas fâchés de m’avoir vendu pour être conduit ici, car c’est pour vous sauver la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé devant vous. (LSV)
5 “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. (NKJV)
• I feel that Joseph over extends his goodness here.
• I would want them to agonize some more about their bad deeds.
• I would want them to go to a time of panic before revealing my intent and my good disposition toward them.
• All Joseph wanted was a family hug.
• He missed seeing them for so long; he missed hearing their voices for so long.
• Joseph watered down the misdeeds of his brothers to make it seem as if they acted in harmony with God.
• Joseph was so busy thanking God for placing him up there that he justified everyone who played a part, event a bad part.
• Joseph would not want the spoil the moment, he made his brothers see the big picture.
• You and I would be busy telling the kind of ordeal the caused you.
o You strip me of my youth.
o You sell your own blood for 30 pieces of silver
o I got accused of wrong doing because I was in the wrong spot thanks to you.
o I got thrown in jail like a criminal all resulting on you merciless, heartless brothers.
o You had the audacity to tell my father that I was killed.
o None of you sought to find me.
o I was out of sight and out of your mind.
o Now look at me, and look at you! Which one is the better of?
JOSEPH SETS OUT TO SAVE HIS FAMILY
Ge 45:6 Voilà deux ans que la famine est dans le pays; et pendant cinq années encore, il n’y aura ni labour, ni moisson. (LSV)
6 “For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. (NKJV)
• Joseph knew that he was a deliverer to his family and not an avenger for his misfortune.
• Joseph was found worrying about the wellbeing of his family instead of pounding on the wrong they did to him.
7 Dieu m’a envoyé devant vous pour vous faire subsister dans le pays, et pour vous faire vivre par une grande délivrance. (LSV)
7 “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. (NKJV)
• Joseph understood that he was in mission to save his family.
• Joseph understood that he was a man of destiny and that the time of his mission has come.
• God cannot instruct a bitter person to be in leadership because he will abuse his authority over those who are not sympathetic toward him.
• Joseph translated all the happenings of his life as a process.
• The good, the bad, and the ugly have all made Joseph the outstanding person that he was.
• Each bad thing that happened to Joseph bridged him closer to his destiny.
• Joseph seemed to be thankful for the wrong that his brothers did to him.
• Not every story ends like that of Joseph, but Joseph’s response to his brothers is God’s expectation when we are wronged.
• If you are a deliverer, you will have to deliver even those who wronged you the most.
JOSEPH REAFIRMS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD OVER THE HAPPENINGS OF HIS LIFE
8 Ce n’est donc pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est Dieu; il m’a établi père de Pharaon, maître de toute sa maison, et gouverneur de tout le pays d’Égypte. (LSV)
8 “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. (NKJV)
• Although they meant to harm Joseph and to prevent him from reaching his destiny, but God turned it around for good.
• That does not clear the brothers of Joseph for the bad they did to him, but as far as Joseph is concerned, “It was all good!
• Are you still mad with people who push you maliciously for a fall only to usher you to your breakthrough?
• The distress that Peninnah caused to Anna caused her to become a prayer warrior which lead to little Samuel.
• The plot that Haman made against Mordecai caused him to be promoted in the place of Haman.
• The plot that Absalom had against David caused David to return to a peaceful nation that was united under his leadership.
• The plan that Laban had to reduce Jacob caused him to prosper all the more.
Ce n’est donc pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est Dieu
• The plan of God in the live of his children cannot be canceled by obstacles.
• The destiny that God has for His children does not warrant a smooth sailing to destination.
• God will give you, protection, favor, direction, enlightenment, endurance, wisdom, and encouragement, but you must still go through the process necessary to achieve the goal in question.
• We all need the attitude that Joseph displayed to his brothers in order to go forward in life, otherwise we will remain prisoners of the past.
JOSEPH EMBRACED HIS BROTHERS
• The embrace of Jonathan could be expected because, first,he was his full brother.
• Second, Jonathan had nothing to do with the plot against Joseph.
• For Joseph to stretch his harms for a group hug is big.
• The body is not good at lying, though Joseph confessed that he forgave his brothers, the embrace put a cap to it.
• Was everyone on board with this act of forgiveness? Not at all, but Joseph was.
• Joseph was sincere
• The actions Joseph did after that proved that he was truly a type of Christ.
• He sent for the entire family, the whole clan to come to sojourn in Egypt and escape the famine.
• Joseph used his position of power to secure them the best lands in the country to suite their lifestyle of farmers and shepherd.
• Everyone loves the story of Joseph, but how many set out to duplicate the attitude of Joseph toward those who have wronged them in the past.
• Sometimes, we even make the children of those who caused us pain to suffer the consequences for their parents.
• Are you a Joseph? Then act like Joseph.
• Surprise those who did you wrong with a great act of kindness.
• Let them know that this thing is behind you.
• Give the embrace.
• The same God who protected you the first time will protect you again.
• Don’t wait for an apology before you extend your helping hands.
• Maybe the wound is still open and you don’t feel ready to bury the ashes, then, ask God to give you the courage to play Joseph.
• May God bless you!