Genesis 45 :: Light in the Pit
Genesis 45:4-5 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
The big reveal!
Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers in an amazing reunion filled with tears and hugs and eyes widened to believe what was actually being seen. A wonderful moment!
“I am your brother, Joseph…”
Part of Joseph’s identity was being a brother, their brother. Our families certainly make up a large part of who we are and what we think of ourselves. When listing aspects about ourselves, we often begin with family associations.
“whom you sold”… you sold me here.
Another aspect of Joseph’s identity was being sold out by his brothers–twice he mentions nearly those exact words. Bad, difficult, tumultuous events become a part of who we are as well. My guess is that we each can fairly quickly come up with three tumultuous events that have impacted us, or are in the process of impacting us right now. The danger is becoming stuck in those difficult events and allowing them to define our whole identity. Joseph had managed not to let this happen.
“for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
Joseph ends his big reveal with a reveal that had been revealed to him: along with the family association and the difficult events — there is God!
in our family dynamics;
in our pits;
in our Egypts;
in who we are right now.