A few weeks back, before he became very ill, confused and hospitalized, my wife’s father, Morley Clarke, wanted to share a few of his favourite Bible passages…
Genesis 50: 15-20 (NIV)
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
I love this passage because is glows with kindness and forgiveness. It also stresses the fact that God is sovereign, that His long-range will so rules our destiny that He is able to bring good out of evil, that His grace finally triumphs over evil.