July 16, 2020 – Thursday
Genesis 45:25-28 NIV
25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.
26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.
27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Difficult to understand why the word believe was not used once between Genesis 15 and 45, but here we have its second occurrence in 45:26 when we find Joseph’s father Jacob had just learned Joseph is still alive! And In fact, he is the ruler of all Egypt. Jacob, had believed for many years Joseph was dead and he had mourned his death, so his reaction to such news was normal Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.
When we read Jacob did not believe them, it is the same Hebrew word ‘aman we read in Genesis 15:6 discussed yesterday Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. However, the word ‘aman was used in 42:20 before Joseph revealed himself to his brothers when he said But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die.” This they proceeded to do. It was translated verified here instead of believed which would have been a valid translation as well, but not a single version of the Bible translated it as believed.
Returning to our verses for today, while Jacob did not initially believe the news his sons brought to him about Jacob, he eventually did. He believed or became convinced after they told him everything Joseph had said to them and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back. What changed his mind, his belief. Joseph’s words and the evidence presented to him. Related to this, David Guzik makes the comment By analogy, we can say that the only way people will know Jesus is alive is if we tell them His words and show them His blessings in our lives.
Recall the verse spoken of yesterday when Jesus was addressing Thomas after His resurrection, Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:29). Why have people believed? Why have we believed? There may be a myriad of reasons, but two are likely dominant. First as Guzik suggests people will know Jesus is alive is if we tell them His words and show them His blessings in our lives and the key there is if they can see His blessings in our lives. The second is as Romans 1:20 tells us For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse so in our heart of hearts we know something of Him already.
The miracles of God surround us if we will only open the eyes of our heart and see them. They are there in sunrises, sunsets, a single blade of grass, flowers, trees, clouds, rain, sunshine, watching a long married couple hold hands as if they cannot be separated, watching a mother or father with a young child of theirs. His miracles indeed surround us.
May the eyes of our hearts be open every day to see His miracles For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. And then He sent His Son to die for our sins, likely the greatest miracle of all.