This chapter concludes the book of Genesis. It began in a garden and ended in a coffin. Within every story line we see the eventuality of man’s sin, death! However, we also see many examples of God’s forgiveness. Within earlier chapters, Joseph had already extended to his brothers unconditional and unmerited forgiveness. Sadly, we see within these verses his brothers’ desire to attain forgiveness by alternate means.
Gen. 50:15-19 “And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.”
“And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.”
“And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.”
LESSON -Just like Joseph’s brothers, mankind has attempted to appease the wrath of a holy God through human effort. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that we can do to earn forgiveness of our sin! YES, we have sinned against a holy God. YES, we deserve our just punishment which is eternal separation from God. But, the Bible is clear that God offers His forgiveness to the world unmerited and undeserved. All we must do is place our faith in Christ alone and receive His forgiveness through Jesus as a free gift! In turn, we should extend forgiveness to those who have sinned against us that we might exemplify Christ’s forgiveness in our lives.
“And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?”