These chapters record one of the most dramatic stories in all literature. Years before, Judah had engineered the selling of Joseph into slavery. Now he offers his own life as surety for Benjamin. It was now time for Joseph to reveal himself and the purpose for which God had sent him to Egypt. This brought terror to his brothers, for they fully expected him to judge them for their past sins. But he had seen their repentance and could forgive them. He explained that five more years of famine would follow, but that he had prepared a place of refuge for them and their families in Egypt. God had sent him before to save their lives! Joseph promised to nourish and protect them. He wept over them and kissed them; and he sent gifts to his father to assure him of the riches that lay in Egypt.
When Jacob learned that Joseph was alive, his words changed from, "All these things are against me." He could now say, "All things are working together for good.".
The invitation, "Come unto me," in chapter 45:18, is the same invitation Jesus gives to all mankind today. He says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The peace, security, and love the world is looking for today can only be found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. His peace passes all understanding; His love is unspeakable, unsurpassed; and His security is eternal.
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