FALL QUARTER

 

LESSON 4

September 27, 2020

{Unit I: Struggles with Love

Title: “Loves Prevails Over All”

(KJV) Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15

 

 

Key Verses:  5  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life..(Genesis 45:5. KJV)

 

Analysis of the Biblical Text

 

Commentary on Genesis 45 (Genesis 42:1-8)

Joseph Makes Himself Known

KJV: 1  Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

2  And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

3  And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

4  And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

5  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

6  For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

7  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

8  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

 

NIV: 1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 

2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. 

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. 

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 

5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 

6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 

7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 

8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

 

Commentary on Genesis 45 (Genesis 42:10-15)

KJV: 10  And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

11  And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

12  And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

13  And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

14  And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

15  Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

 

NIV: 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 

11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’ 

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 

13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.” 

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 

15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

 

Citation: - GENESIS 45

 

Synopsis: - Joseph comforts his brethren, and sends for his father. (1-15)

 

Text: -  Ver. 1-15 Joseph let Judah go on, and heard all he had to say. He found his brethren humbled for their sins, mindful of himself, for Judah had mentioned him twice in his speech, respectful to their father, and very tender of their brother Benjamin. Now they were ripe for the comfort he designed, by making himself known. Joseph ordered all his attendants to withdraw. Thus Christ makes himself and his loving kindness known to his people, out of the sight and hearing of the world. Joseph shed tears of tenderness and strong affection, and with these threw off that austerity with which he had hitherto behaved toward his brethren.

 

This represents the Divine compassion toward returning penitents. "I am Joseph, your brother." This would humble them yet more for their sin in selling him, but would encourage them to hope for kind treatment. Thus, when Christ would convince Paul, he said, I am Jesus; and when he would comfort his disciples, he said, It is I, be not afraid. When Christ manifests himself to his people, he encourages them to draw near to him with a true heart. Joseph does so, and shows them, that whatever they thought to do against him, God had brought good out of it.

 

Sinners must grieve and be angry with themselves for their sins, though God brings good out of it, for that is no thanks to them. The agreement between all this, and the case of a sinner, on Christ's manifesting himself to his soul, is very striking. He does not, on this account, think sin a less, but a greater evil; and yet he is so armed against despair, as even to rejoice in what God hath wrought, while he trembles in thinking of the dangers and destruction from which he has escaped. Joseph promises to take care of his father and all the family.

 

It is the duty of children, if the necessity of their parents at any time require it, to support and supply them to the utmost of their ability; this is showing piety at home, 1 Tim. v. 4. After Joseph had embraced Benjamin, he caressed them all, and then his brethren talked with him freely of all the affairs of their father's house. After the tokens of true reconciliation with the Lord Jesus, sweet communion with him follows.

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