By: Ely Lagajino
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Finding the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack meant that he would be a slave for life in Egypt. The Governor’s steward told the brothers to go home except Benjamin, who would return to the palace. But his brothers continues to follow.
Finding the Governor, they all bowed to the ground and offered themselves to be his servants in exchange for Benjamin’s freedom. The Governor denied their request.
Judah approached the Governor and asked permission to speak.
“Great Governor, Your Honour,” Judah must have started, “Our father is very old now. He was devastated and full of sorrow for many years over the loss of our brother Joseph. This time he is full of doubts that Benjamin will return. It wasn’t easy for him to allow us to bring our youngest brother to Egypt. We promised our father to bring him back. If we return without Benjamin, our old father will surely die of sorrow. Oh Great One”, Judah continued as he bowed to the ground, “I beg you to free our youngest brother and let me be your servant and bear the blame forever.”
Deeply moved by Judah’s speech, Joseph couldn’t endure testing them anymore. As he looked at all his brothers bowed low, the fruit of true repentance (PP p. 235), he could no longer hide his heartfelt emotions. He sent his servants out of the room as he wept allowed and cried, “I am your brother, Joseph! And I have forgiven you.” It must have been one of the grandest family reunions on earth as he kissed each one of them and probably did the longest group hug in the world.
“It is God’s plan for me to live in Egypt to preserve our families,” Joseph assured his brothers. Since the famine would last for five more years Joseph sent for Jacob and the whole Israel clan to live in Goshen the best agricultural land in Egypt. Jacob happily reunited with his son, Joseph who ruled Egypt for 80 years, until his death at the age of 110.