Friday 23 August, 2019

Genesis 45:16-28

16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’ 19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’” 21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[a] of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” 25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

I love that Pharaoh and his leaders were pleased to hear that Joseph’s brothers were alive.  This shows what enormous respect Joseph had within Egypt.  Good leaders command respect and Joseph clearly was a good leader.  Pharaoh acts quickly on Joseph’s behalf and this speaks volumes about Joseph.  We have read over the past chapters about the incredible character of this man, a character that carried him in the best and worst of life.  Now Pharaoh has the opportunity to honour Joseph.  Leaders don’t have to honour those who serve them, in fact it takes a different type of leader to do so – one who is confident in themselves, but we see here something of Pharaoh as well.

I pray that we all become leaders of the calibre of Joseph and Pharaoh!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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