Joseph and His Brethren
In due time Joseph revealed himself to his brethren.
After speaking sternly to them he made them a feast, sending them portions
from his own table. They were astonished and fearful, wondering what the
kindness signified. Then, sending away the Egyptian servants, Joseph made
himself known to his brethren, assuring them of his forgiveness, and that
God had caused all of his trying experiences to work out for his good, and
that he was glad to be the saver of their lives as well as the lives of
the Egyptians, under the Providential guidance which sent him to
It is assumed by Bible scholars that if Joseph typically
represented Christ and His Church, exalted to Kingdom honors, so Joseph's
brethren would represent the Jews, and the Egyptians represent the
remainder of mankind. If this be true, it tells us that neither Jews nor
Gentiles have aught to fear from the glorious exaltation of Messiah. On
the contrary, the Glorious One who was crucified, premeditates a great
"feast of fat things" for the whole world, including his
brethren, who sold him to be crucified.--Isaiah 25:6.
The strength of Joseph centered in his knowledge of the
Divine Promise made to Abraham. Surely a knowledge of God's Plan seems
indispensable. Trust in God was the secret of faithfulness in all the
worthy ones of the past. The same principle still holds true. It seems
true, as sometimes charged, that lawlessness is growing in proportion as
Higher Criticism destroys faith in the Bible and its promises.
When later the Israelites moved into Egypt, we see the
faith of Joseph manifested in his dying request. He said, "God will
surely visit you and bring you out of this land [Egypt] into the land
[Canaan] which He sware to Abraham." He was solicitous that his bones
be carried with the Israelites into Canaan. (Genesis 50:24,25.) Joseph's
various experiences seem to Bible students to typify those of Jesus and
His Church--in suffering and in subsequent glory and honor.
Israelites in Bondage