“Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their dependents.”- Genesis 47:11-12.
Joseph has been sold into slavery by his own flesh and blood, wrongfully thrown into prison for wrongs not committed, and has looked insecurity and danger in the face. Now he is above it all. He is Pharaoh’s number two by divine providence, and, according to God’s oversight and direction, has prepared the land to persevere through a drastic famine. Yet Joseph’s father and brothers, his very family, have found themselves in desperate need of food, so they travel to Egypt to beg for grain. Through a series of circumstances, Joseph exercises mercy and grace and brings his family into Egypt to possess the best land available, sustaining and saving his father and evil brothers. This beautiful, true story reveals a deeper, spiritual truth; through human evil comes divine preservation. Because Joseph’s brothers committed horrendous acts against him, Joseph is put into a glorious position and is able to save his family and provide for them. Have we, Christians, not sold and traded our Brother and Savior into darkness and destruction? We have traded Him with these words; “We have no king but Caesar,” (John 19:15). We do this every day when we choose our own sin, our own way over Christ. We choose Caesar over Christ. We trade Him for the opinions of others. We trade Him for our own lust and desire. We trade Him for our own security and happiness. We trade Him daily. Has he not been judged because of the wrongs we have done while he himself has done nothing deserving punishment? Has not the greatest of human evils been perpetrated by those who later claim Christ? Christ had to die not simply for Christians, but he also died because of Christians. In Christ our sins were dealt with. Our punishment was enacted upon the Spotless One. We have wrought horrible evil, and yet through horrible evil divine preservation has come. Because Christ was crucified and counted as sin for His evil family members, He is able to preserve them and bring them back from spiritual poverty into spiritual wealth. Because of His sufferings, He is able to forgive, justify, adopt, sanctify, and glorify His people. He exercised divine mercy and grace towards those who killed Him and has sustained and saved his enemies by forgiving them their trespasses and by bringing them into total security. The Greater Joseph has saved us from the Greater Poverty, spiritual darkness and famine, and has divinely preserved us for Himself, in Himself, both now and into all eternity.