Judah’s speech evokes high emotion in Joseph, and he finally reveals himself to his now speechless brothers. When they were brought back to this governor accused of theft, they must have thought that life had turned about as badly as it could get. Now they find out that this powerful ruler is the brother they sold into slavery! But Joseph is quick to reassure them in verses 5 and 7 that God is working through him and intends to continue to do so through their descendants. This does not absolve them of their guilt, but it shows God’s power to use even the worst actions of men for good!
With Pharaoh’s pleasure, and even his own instruction for providing for them generously (verses 16-18), Joseph sends them back to bring their father, Israel and the rest of their families to Egypt to dwell in the land of Goshen. Israel is unbelieving at first, but when convinced, is very happy (verse 28).
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