1. Joseph had developed a large view of the sovereignty of God, Genesis 45:4,5,
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.
Joseph had learned the painful lesson of God being in control and using all situations and circumstances for His glory.
One of my friends often says, “Let go, and let God”. Have you?
2. Has character really been worked in Joseph’s brothers?
In chapter 44 Judah had pleaded for the life of Benjamin – was this Joseph testing the hearts of his brothers to see if they had changed, if there was real remorse over their actions regarding him all those years before? Interestingly in Genesis 44:24 as the brothers are about to journey back to Canaan Joseph tells them,
‘“Don’t quarrel on the way!”’
What would they quarrel about? Lots of things, not least of which would be how to tell their father that his beloved Joseph was in fact not dead but alive and blessed in Egypt, and that in fact for years they had been lying to their father.
The Bible rightly says, “Be sure your sins will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). What are you hiding from?