"Oh, Happy Day!" Our praise team sings that old spiritual, recounting Jesus' wondrous gift of deliverance to each one of us. And now, in chapter 45, Jacob and his family can sing their own song of praise: "Oh, Happy Day!" What began as a quest for mere sustenance to persevere through a difficult trial, turned into blessing and deliverance beyond what they could have ever asked or even conceived.
If ever there was a chapter in God's Word overflowing with superlatives, it's this one here! Jacob's lost son was now found. Not only was he alive, he was second in command of the wealthiest nation on earth at that time!
Not only were they able to find sustenance, their money was returned to them, and even greater provision was sent their way… at Pharaoh's command!
Not only were they offered shelter down in Egypt to ride out the famine, Pharaoh himself provides them the best of the land, and the fat of the land, to be treated as VIPs, not strangers or guests!
How will Jacob's entire family be able to undertake this expedition to a foreign land? Don't sweat it, Jacob, for Pharaoh has sent you 20 asses and wagons filled to overflowing with all the supplies you'll need along the way!
Now if the Lord can use a Gentile, pagan king to bless Jacob and his entire household, just think what he can do for each one of us, who are the apple of his eye! Who is our provider and deliverer and redeemer from all trial and tribulation? The Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! "Oh, Happy Day!"
Joseph makes himself known
1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.
14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
Pharaoh is pleased
16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.
23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
Jacob is revived with the news that Joseph is alive
25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.
27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
I never cease to be awed by this scripture and by Gods wisdom. Every bad thing that Joseph endured was actually God's plan for good. Just shows my life can't be summed up just because everything isn't going right or the way I think it should be. He is so much bigger than the circumstance. Thank You for being God.
This piece in the Bible is what I have to remember when something horrible happens. Today is the anniversary of a friend of mine being killed, a random act of violence, an unsolved murder. So these words from the Lord come at a perfect time to remind us all that He is in control. Horrible things will happen to us, to those we know and love. AND STILL the Lord is in control and working for the benefit of His people. Through sadness and hardship may we all say, Praise the Lord.