Genesis 47:28-31, Genesis 48, Genesis 49, and Genesis 50:
Jacob’s final words were powerful – what a legacy he left. I love how personal he was with each of his sons, blessing them specifically. Our Father God is just as specific with each of us, giving us exactly what we need when we need it, and encouraging each of us in our varied gifts and skills and personalities.
Again, we see a tremendous example of restoration, forgiveness and love when Joseph speaks to his brothers after Jacob’s death – it’s worth reading one more time:
So they sent Joseph a message, “Before his death, your father gave this command: Tell Joseph, ‘Forgive your brothers’ sin—all that wrongdoing. They did treat you very badly.’ Will you do it? Will you forgive the sins of the servants of your father’s God?” When Joseph received their message, he wept. Then the brothers went in person to him, threw themselves on the ground before him and said, “We’ll be your slaves.” Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart. Genesis 50:16-21
Why did Joseph weep at his brothers’ request? I think maybe (one reason of many, I’m sure) because he had forgiven them long ago, and he didn’t want them to have that fear in their hearts any longer. He remembered himself how painful separation from his family was – unforgiveness causes separation as well. Let’s be as quick as Joseph was to forgive people and attribute good things to God. Easy now, you have nothing to fear ❤