Saturday: 13th July, 2019
Reference text: Genesis 49:29-31, 50:15-26
Genesis 50:15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
Many earthquakes are followed by a number of aftershocks. Thus, while property and lives may be spared during the initial quake, what follows could land the finishing blows. That was exactly the situation the brothers of Joseph feared and wanted to avoid. In their minds, the only reason they had escaped punishment was because their father was alive. Hence, even after his death, he was the shield put forward to avert any postponed reaction from Joseph.
It would not be inaccurate to postulate that during all the years they spent with Joseph in Egypt, they lived on edge, unsure and looking forward to the time when their deeds will eventually come back to haunt them. Since they planned evil but had escaped punishment, even when Joseph had done all He could to assure them of his real intentions, the guilt they carried remained and they could not think they would be forgiven ‘just like that’.
Is that not our situation also? When we decide on our own that we have not been punished at all nor can we acknowledge that we have been and can be forgiven ‘just like that’. But dare I ask: what is so special about the wrongs you have done that even the blood of Jesus is insufficient to atone for? Sweetheart, Jesus paid the full price when He died in our place, it was so we would be forgiven. So don’t underestimate this work on the cross.