But What If They Deserve It?

December 16, 2021

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

Genesis 45:3

Years earlier Joseph tells his brothers a dream. In Genesis 37:6-7 Joseph says, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” Upon hearing this the brothers hated him, and plotted to have him killed. When they captured him his brother Reuben desired mercy and convinced the brothers to have him sold. God blesses Joseph and he moves up in position. In Genesis 45:3 Joseph is revealing himself to his brothers after not seeing them for many years. And it is in this chapter we see Joseph’s dream being fulfilled.

Joseph’s brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery. They deserved justice. When confronted with their sins Joseph chose mercy. Likewise, God is a God of Justice. He is also a God of Mercy. God will judge all at the end of the age. Providentially, we can accept Christ’s sacrifice, and therefore, our penalty is payed for through Christ’s faithfulness in his crucifixion  and vindicated righteousness in the resurrection. At the end of the age we will be able to stand in front of Christ uncondemned.

Do you trust the Bible when it teaches that your sins are actually forgiven through the work of Jesus? (1 John 1:9; Isaiah 43:25; Ephesians 1:7-8) What guilt and shame are you still carrying around as if Jesus hasn’t forgiven you? Confess your sin to the Lord and trust that you are forgiven. May that forgiveness liberate you to become the disciplemaker you’re called to be.


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