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Repaying Evil with Divine Love

John Collins05/28/2012
After Jacob died, Genesis 50 describes the great mourning of his passing by the house of Jacob and the Egyptians combined.

The inhabitants of the land, called the Canaanites, saw the large number of Egyptians, and named the place of their mourning Abel-mizraim because they were mourning outside of their own land.  Jacob had asked to be buried beyond the Jordan river, and was buried in a tomb purchased by Abraham.

When mourning was over and the large procession had returned to Egypt, Joseph's brothers started to fear for their lives.  Now that their father was dead, their fear was that Joseph would show his wrath against them for their evil deeds.

They sent a message to Joseph to beg his forgiveness.  They said they were the servants of the God of his father, and begged that their transgressions of evil were forgiven.  

When they came to Joseph in person, they said that they were now his servants, but Joseph told them not to fear.  He asked them, "Am I in the place of God?"

Joseph told them that they had meant evil against him, but God meant this evil to be for good.  Through their evil, God used them to save the lives of many people, and they were still alive because of the events that led Joseph to Egypt.  

Instead of anger, Joseph told his brothers that he would provide for them and their little ones.  He comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph remained in Egypt along with his father's house until the day of his death.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we forgive each other like Joseph did his brothers?  When we are given evil, do we repay with kindness?  Do we realize that God works mighty things through the evil of others, and in all things we should honor the Lord?  When others do evil things against us, do we give the glory to God by showing Divine Love?