January 16, Genesis 45-47
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There’s something missing in our reading today. We read that Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. We read that Jacob and the entire family come to live in Egypt. We read that Joseph presents his family to Pharaoh. We usually emphasize forgiveness in these chapters. I believe that Joseph truly forgave even though the words, “I forgive you” are absent. You know why I think that? It’s because of what is missing. What’s missing is any indication that Joseph told either his father or Pharaoh what the brothers had done to him. That is remarkable to me and the perfect example of forgiveness. A good definition of forgiveness is “not holding the wrong to a person’s account.” That’s what Joseph did. He resisted the opportunity to tell how he had been wronged. Let’s do the same.
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