But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 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. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19-21 ESV)
This week in the Bible Reading Challenge you will finish the book of Genesis and begin Exodus.
The bright spot in the latter part of Genesis is Joseph, one of Jacob’s twelve sons. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel, and his sons (and their descendants) become what are known as the twelve tribes of Israel. The entire family ends up in Egypt for a number of generations and Exodus will tell the story of their deliverance from slavery.
Joseph is one of those few individuals in the Bible who has no major blemish upon his character. He has moral integrity, works hard, and is faithful, wise, and forgiving. He fully trusts God’s providence (God’s plan and provision for him and his family) without bitterness or complaint.
In many ways he foreshadows the Messiah to come, our Lord Jesus. He is beloved of his father but rejected by his kinsmen, he suffers for no sin of his own, is humbled and tested, but then exalted to the highest position of authority and glory. He forgives those who have harmed him and becomes the source of life and blessing to them.