God Can Weave Even Ugly Fabric into A Beautiful Tapestry
Genesis 44:29-34 –
If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’ “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’ “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
We see here is a snip it of how Joseph’s brother Judah finally seems to get it. Years earlier Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, and then came up with an elaborate story for their father of how Joseph was devoured by a wild animal. Earlier on they had no concern for how this would effect Joseph or even their own father Jacob.
Years later when Joseph rises to power and his brothers come to buy food for their starving household. He tests them in several ways without revealing who he is.
The last test involved planting the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. Benjamin became so loved by their father after Joseph had been gone so long. Why did Joseph single out Benjamin to put the cup in his sack, only to later accuse them of stealing it?
My guess is Joseph likely knew that Benjamin was very dear to Jacob. When Joseph brought them back and accused them of stealing and that he would keep whoever the person was who had the cup as a slave.
Yet it is likely, what Joseph was testing was to see if this time Judah and his brothers would be concerned in how it would affect Jacob, their father, if Benjamin indeed was taken from him too.
We see finally after all these years Judah seems to show remorse for his actions and his brothers in the past. We actually also see Judah is thinking more about how this will affect his father then just himself. He even offers to become a slave in Benjamin’s place.
sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’ “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
Genesis 44:31-34 –
And Joseph finally at last reveals who he is. They have finally learned their lesson.
And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. 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. 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! 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. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “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.
Genesis 45:2-8 –
Joseph only then reveals who he is. The test was not to get even, but certainly I think he wanted to make sure his brothers had godly sorrow over what they had done. Joseph also does not harbor a grudge but is a forshadowing of what grace and mercy looks like. He acknowledges that even though his brothers sinned terribly against him that God inspite of that worked it all together for good, to put him in the place he currently was and to help save lives.
We see this beautiful story teach us so much about forgiveness and God’s overruling power to take the ugly things done to us in our lives too and weave it into something amazing. Joseph had a beautiful robe early on that his father weaved together for him. Yet God also was weaving together every event in Joseph’s life from the fabric of good and bad to make his story a beautiful tapistry to display the goodness and power of God.
We too can see God do that in our lives as we trust Him and faithfully serve him, wherever he has us in each season of life.