Genesis 50:17 KJV
So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
I see this passage as the place where Joseph and the other brothers are finally and truly reconciled together.
There had been twenty years while Joseph was in
Egypt and they
did not know what had become of him - guilt of selling him. Then there were
about another twenty years that Joseph and his brothers were reunited while
Jacob was still alive. It was not until after Jacob died that His brothers
earnestly approached him about forgiveness.
But reconciliation did happen.
I see a generation of grief right here.
- I see brothers who lived half their lives in brokeness and anxiety
- I see children who spent their youth under the burden of parents who are at odds with others
- I see a world around them who witnessed the consequences of unresolved conflict
But I also see that reconciliation did happen.
And so there is always hope.
- Always hope that one will repent
- Always hope that those who have wronged will confess
- Always hope that those who have been wronged will forgive
As long as there is breath there is hope for reconciliation.
· Between brothers
· With God