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The Signature of God in History - Gen 50:15-26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 11 September 2017 15:02

 

We’ve come to the end of the book of Genesis. It is a grand conclusion to the story of Joseph, Jacob, and the brothers.

 

 

 

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

(Gen 50:20)

 

It is also a fitting summation of the whole book of Genesis and this truth carries us into the stories of the rest of the Old Testament and New Testament. But the one who embodied this in the fullest way, is of course, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus suffered the harmful and evil intentions of humanity on the cross, but God turned it into good, the saving of many lives, for those who put their faith and trust in Him.

 

 

It is intersting to note that the theme of forgiveness and reconcilation returns in this last scene of Gen 50. Seventeen years have passed (Gen 47:28) since Joseph revealed himself to the brothers but yet, they still lived in fear. Now we know that they were always wondering if Joseph wanted to exact revenge. So the brothers pleaded for forgiveness and threw themselves at the feet of Joseph. Ironically, in this action, they fulfilled the dream that Joseph had back in in Gen 37.

 

Forgiveness and reconcilation is complex, it is messy, and it often takes years. One writer (Margaret Odell) expressed it this way, ‘The healing balm of forgiveness may need to be applied more than once.” But when we are able to forgive others who intended to harm us, it can be a powerful testimony to the love, grace, and forgiveness of God. Perhaps one of the greatest story of this is Elizabeth Elliott, who returned to the tribe that killed her husband, the great missionary, Jim Elliott. As a result of her act of forgiveness, many in the tribe of Auca Indians found Christ, and were saved. They intended to harm but God weaved it together for good, the saving of many. If the circumstances called for it, may we have the courage and strength to endure hardship and suffering for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Peace and grace, John

 

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