These chapters record one of the most dramatic
stories in all literature. Years before, Judah had
engineered the selling of Joseph into slavery. Now he
offers his own life as surety for Benjamin. It was now
time for Joseph to reveal himself and the purpose for
which God had sent him to Egypt. This brought terror to
his brothers, for they fully expected him to judge them
for their past sins. But he had seen their repentance
and could forgive them. He explained that five more
years of famine would follow, but that he had prepared a
place of refuge for them and their families in Egypt.
God had sent him before to save their lives! Joseph
promised to nourish and protect them. He wept over them
and kissed them; and he sent gifts to his father to
assure him of the riches that lay in Egypt.
When Jacob learned that Joseph was alive, his
words changed from, “All these things are against me.”
He could now say, “All things are working together for
The invitation, “Come unto me,” in chapter
45:18, is the same invitation Jesus gives to all mankind
today. He says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The peace,
security, and love the world is looking for today can
only be found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His peace passes all understanding; His love is
unspeakable, unsurpassed; and His security is eternal.