So far in my journey
through the Book of Genesis,
I can’t remember a time
so emotionally laden as Chapters 43-45.
I almost thought
I was reading the Psalms of David!
I mean, listen to these verses:
“Now his heart yearned for his brother
(Benjamin) so Joseph made haste
and sought somewhere to weep.”
“And we said to my Lord,
‘We have a father, an old man,
and a child of his old age,
who is young; his brother is dead,
and he alone is left
of his mother’s children,
and his father loves him.’”
“But if you take this one also from me,
and calamity befalls him,
you shall bring down my gray hair
with sorrow to the grave.’”
“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. And he wept aloud,
and the Egyptians
and the house of Pharaoh heard it.”
“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.
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.”
“Then he fell on his brother
Benjamin’s neck and wept,
and Benjamin wept on his neck.
Moreover he kissed all his brothers
and wept over them,
and after that
his brothers talked with him.”
“And they told him, saying,
“Joseph is still alive,
and he is governor
over all the land of Egypt.”
And Jacob’s heart stood still,
because he did not believe them.”
Can you imagine
being so overwhelmed with shock
that your heart actually stands still?
“But when they told him all the words
which Joseph had said to them,
and when he saw the carts
which Joseph had sent to carry him,
the spirit of Jacob their father revived.”
Hearing about Joseph
and all that God had done through him
actually caused Jacob’s heart to beat again.
Now I can’t think of any emotion
that can cause a person’s heart to come alive
than pure, unadulterated love.
And this kind of love
can only be experienced by someone
who has witnessed the hand of God move.
This kind of resurrection only happens when
our spirits of sorrow suddenly move
from utter darkness into His glorious light;
or when our sin-covered souls
shake off the spiritual filth
and are shown mercy and grace.
When we experience God’s goodness
and see first-hand
what it means to be blessed -
that my friend
is when our life really begins;
even when face temporary death!