Genesis 45:1-28 Joseph reveals himself to
his brothers and calls for Israel to come to Egypt
Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he
cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood with him while
Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of
Pharaoh heard it. 3 Then
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still
live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in
his presence. 4 And Joseph
said to his brothers, "Please come near to me." So they came near.
Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be
grieved nor angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me
before you to preserve life. 6
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five
years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to
preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great
deliverance. 8 So now it was
not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and
lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 Hurry and go up to my
father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph: "God has made me lord
of all Egypt;
come down to me, do not tarry. 10
You shall dwell in the land
of Goshen, and you shall
be near to me, you and your children, your children's children, your flocks and
your herds, and all that you have. 11
There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you
have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine." ' 12 "And behold, your eyes and
the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 So you shall tell my father of
all my glory in Egypt,
and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down
here." 14 Then he fell on
his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15 Moreover he kissed all his
brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
16 Now the
report of it was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brothers have
come." So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well. 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
"Say to your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan. 18 Bring your father and your households and come to me; I
will give you the best of the land
of Egypt, and you will
eat the fat of the land. 19
Now you are commanded--do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt
for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come. 20 Also do not be concerned about
your goods, for the best of all the land
of Egypt is yours.'
21 Then the
sons of Israel
did so; and Joseph gave them carts, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he
gave them provisions for the journey. 22
He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments; but to Benjamin he
gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments. 23 And he sent to his father these
things: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female
donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey. 24 So he sent his brothers away, and
they departed; and he said to them, "See that you do not become troubled
along the way."
they went up out of Egypt,
and came to the land
of Canaan to Jacob their
father. 26 And they told him,
saying, "Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood
still, because he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him all the words which Joseph had
said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the
spirit of Jacob their father revived. 28
said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him
before I die." NKJV
After Judah’s self sacrificial plea for
Benjamin to be allowed to return to his father, Joseph was overcome by emotion
and commanded everyone of the Egyptians to go out from him.
So Joseph was alone with his brothers and wept
aloud and the Egyptians and Pharaoh’s house heard it.
Joseph told his brothers that he was Joseph and
asked about the welfare of his father.
His brothers were terrified at his presence and
could not answer him.
Joseph called them near and said, “I am Joseph
your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry
with yourselves because you sold me here, for Elohiym sent me before you to
preserve life.” This included the lives
of those in Egypt and in the
countries that came to Egypt
to buy grain.
This is the second year of famine and there are
five years of famine yet to come.
So Joseph realized that the whole thing that had
happened to him was due to the will of God working behind the scene guiding
events including the resentment of his brothers that caused them to sell him
into slavery and his imprisonment there.
God was controlling the circumstances that
eventually brought him before Pharaoh and gave him favor that placed him as
lord over all of Egypt
including over all of Pharaoh’s house to be like a father to Pharaoh himself.
It all was for the purpose of preserving a
posterity for Israel
in the earth, and to save their lives with a great deliverance.
Joseph told his brothers to go to his father and
to tell him that “Elohiym has made me Adoney (lord) over all Egypt, come down
to me, do not tarry, you shall dwell in the land of Goshen and you shall be
near to me, you, your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your
herds, and all that you have. I will
provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have come to
poverty, because there are still five years of famine”
Joseph was speaking in the Hebrew language
without an interpreter, as he said, “Behold, your eyes and the eyes of my
brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you.”
Joseph instructed them to tell his father of all
his glory and all they had seen and to hasten and bring his father to Egypt, he
kissed all his brothers and then they were able to talk with him.
When Pharaoh heard that the brothers of Joseph
had come, Pharaoh and all his servants were well pleased, and Pharaoh
instructed Joseph to tell his brothers to load their animals, go to the land of
Canaan, and bring their father and their households to Pharaoh and he will give
them the best of the land of Egypt to eat the fat of the land.
Pharaoh was the one who commanded them to take
carts out of the land
of Egypt for their little
ones and their wives, and to bring their father and come. Pharaoh also told them not to be concerned
about their goods because the best of the land of Egypt
Joseph gave them carts according to the
commandment of Pharaoh, as well as provisions for the journey. Joseph also gave them changes of garments and
to Benjamin he gave 300 pieces of silver and 5 changes of garments. Joseph sent his father 10 donkeys loaded with
good things of Egypt,
and 10 female donkeys loaded with food for the journey.
Joseph told them not to become troubled along
the way. Apparently he was afraid that
on the way home they might think about all they had experienced and learned in Egypt and begin to have second thoughts and
doubt the outcome should they return to Egypt.
When they arrived in Canaan and told Jacob about
Joseph and his position in Egypt,
Jacob’s heart stood still because he did not believe them until he saw the
wagons from Egypt
and all Joseph had sent to him and heard the words Joseph had said to
them. Then his spirit revived and Jacob
said, “It is enough, Joseph my son is alive, I will go and see him before I