Chapter 45

  1. Joseph Reveals His Identity

      • Joseph couldn’t stand it any longer. There were a lot of people in the room, and he told them all to leave so that he was alone with his brothers when he revealed his identity to them. Joseph wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it and word of it spread to Pharaoh’s palace.

    • He said, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?”

    • His brothers were stunned and too terrified to answer him.

      • Guzik points out this comparison, “Their dismay was a shadow of what will happen when the Jewish people see Jesus for who He is again: And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)”

      • Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer. It is me, Joseph, your brother that you sold into slavery in Egypt. Don’t be angry or upset with yourselves for what you did. God sent me here in order to save lives. This horrific famine that we have been in for the last 2 years will last another 5 years. God sent me here to save your lives and the lives of many others. God has made me Pharaoh’s advisor, the manager of Pharaoh’s household, and the governor of all of Egypt. Hurry back home and tell my father that God has made me the ruler of Egypt. Tell him to come to Egypt immediately. You, your families, your flocks and herds, and all you own can live in the region of Goshen. I’ll take care of you so that you won’t starve. Look at me! Even Benjamin can see that I am Joseph. Tell our father everything and bring him here quickly.”

        • “Joseph did not diminish what the brothers did (whom you sold into Egypt). Yet he saw that God’s purpose in it all was greater than the evil of the brothers. It is fair to ask, “Why was Joseph in Egypt? Was it because of the sin of his brothers or because of the good plan of God?” The answer is that both aspects are true. Joseph realized God ruled his life, not good men, not evil men, not circumstances, or fate. God was in control, and because God was in control all things worked together for good. ” (Guzik)

      • “The region of Goshen was in the northeast corner of Egypt, only a few days’ walk from Canaan…a fertile area in the Nile delta…” (NLT Illustrated Study Bible)

    • Then Joseph hugged Benjamin and they both cried. Joseph kissed each of his brothers and cried. Afterward they all talked.

This map shows the journey that Jacob and his sons and their families made from Hebron to the land of Goshen in the fertile Nile River delta.

  1. The Return for Jacob

    • When Pharaoh heard that Joseph’s brothers had come, he was happy to hear it.

    • Pharaoh told Joseph, “Tell your brothers to load up their animals and go back to Canaan to get your father and their families back to Egypt. I’ll give you the very best land in Egypt. Take wagons from here in Egypt to bring your father and your families back on. Don’t worry about your personal belongings, you can have the best land in Egypt.”

    • Joseph did just as Pharaoh had told him. He gave his brothers wagons to take back along with provisions for their trip. He gave each of his brothers an extra change of clothes and he gave Benjamin 300 pieces of silver and 5 changes of clothes. He sent his father 10 male donkeys loaded with Egypt’s finest products, and 10 female donkeys loaded with grain and bread. When he sent his brothers off he told them, “Don’t argue on the way back home.”

      • “The sons of Israel received transportation, provision, garments, and riches because of who their favored brother was. Pharaoh blessed the sons of Jacob for Joseph’s sake.” (Guzik)

      • Boice puts this in perspective when he writes, “To return to Canaan with ‘carts from Egypt’ was the cultural equivalent of landing a jumbo jet among a tribe of isolated savages. It would be the stuff legends are made of.”

    • When the brothers arrived home they told their father, “Joseph is alive and he is the ruler over Egypt!”

    • Jacob was shocked and didn’t believe them at first. Then, the brothers told him everything Joseph had told them to say and when he saw the Egyptian wagons and all the gifts they had brought back with them his spirit was lifted.

    • Jacob said, “Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”