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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Today’s Bible story is about twelve brothers who were the sons of Jacob. One of these brothers was named Joseph and the other brothers thought their father liked him best. The other brothers were probably jealous, and because their father seemed to favor Joseph, the brothers did not like him.
When Joseph was young his brothers sold him to a man who was traveling by and Joseph was taken to Egypt. This was a very bad thing that Joseph’s brothers did.
Joseph went through some difficult experiences while he was in Egypt, but he also met Pharaoh, who was the most important man in that country.
Joseph told Pharaoh about some dreams he had in which there would be seven years of good harvest and seven years of famine (when there would not be enough to eat.)
Pharaoh asked Joseph to take care of the food supply to see that there would be enough food for the people of their country.
Now several years later Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt and at first they don’t recognize their brother because so much time had gone by.
“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come near to me, please.’ They came near. He said, ‘I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt'” (45:4). 45:5 “‘Now don’t be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life'” (45:5).
Joseph remembers that his brothers had sold him and he was taken away, but it appears he forgave them. He believed that God had a plan for his life. He became a great leader who was able to help and provide food for many people, including his family.
All of us are going to have times when someone does not treat us well. Instead of holding on to a hurt, we can forgive, as Joseph did, and remember that God has a wonderful plan for each one of us.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan