Genesis 42: God Will Always Keep His Promises
Genesis chapter 42 provides a very different situation than what we have seen before.
Joseph is now the governor of Egypt, and there is indeed a famine that God had warned Joseph about. Therefore, Joseph is in charge of distributing the stockpile of food that the government had put together.
His brothers came down to get some grain as well, but they didn’t recognize who Joseph was.
On the other hand, Joseph absolutely knew who they were, but he didn’t immediately reveal who he was.
Gen 42:7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
Gen 42:8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
Gen 42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
Of course, the dream he was referring to came a few chapters back and made his brothers pretty mad at him.
Gen 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
Gen 37:6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
However, while there is surely a lot to say about this story, the fact that God fulfilled every promise is what stands out to me.
At times, if I were Joseph, I might have wondered when this dream was going to come true or if it even would. After all, getting sold into slavery and thrown into jail on a totally fake charge are not typically the first steps on the pathway to be becoming a ruler.
Joseph didn’t lose faith though, and I think that is a major lesson we can learn from him. That faith characterized Joseph throughout his whole life, and he was mentioned for a different reason in the Hall of Fame of Faith in Hebrews Chapter 11.
Just like Joseph had this promise from God and knew that it would eventually come to pass, the Bible provides us with plenty of promises from God. Just like Joseph, we can know without a doubt that every promise God makes will come true.
If we keep our faith and trust in God, we will learn that there is something way beyond ourselves, and that is one of the best realizations we can never make.