In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Genesis 50 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2). This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.
I am in the Place of God
Genesis 50:19–21 (ESV)
19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Joseph is a man who has learned to trust in the providence of God. He sees a greater hand behind the actions of his brothers. They meant it for evil, but God for good. God meant it for good for “many people”.
Wisdom awaits those who fear the Lord. Life turns to beauty when one understands that the people around us do not ultimately control us. My destiny rests with God and no man can take that.
Joseph is free of paralyzing bitterness. Not only is he free to not hate, but he is free to bless his brothers, to speak kindly to them and to comfort them. In this moving scene, reconciliation culminates as we discover that Joseph’s suffering has turned to triumph; his brothers, on the other hand, desperately need healing from the results of their cruel acts.
We trust in God, not in man. God’s plan is loving and wise; nothing can stop Him! Trust and rest in Him today!