Hello, Scroll Eaters! Our passage today simply furthers our narrative, providing us with further evidence of Joseph’s prudence. Prudence is best defined as “redeemed shrewdness.” Being shrewd is usually considered distasteful, if not quite sinful. Prudence is usually considered savvy, slick. Joseph pulls a little trick with the silver cup in order to force Reuben to bring his father Jacob to Egypt.
So, Grand Vizier Joseph is able to reveal himself to his father Jacob years after he thought Joseph dead. I called this post “The Parable of the Lost Son, B.C.” because it is similar to the parable Jesus told in Luke 15. You know the story, so I won’t recap it here, other than the concluding line where the Father told the older brother “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (15:32 NIV). The parallel isn’t exact, of course. Joseph wasn’t wayward, and there’s no disgruntled older brother. However, there is a father who thought his son was dead and long-lost. Now, he has him restored. This is a moment of great rejoicing for Jacob will get to live the rest of his life in luxury of two types. He’ll enjoy a privileged life since his son is Grand Vizier, and he’ll enjoy living it with his entire family.
For those who love foreshadowing, it’s nice to know they get to settle in the great cattle-land of Goshen, but it’s foreboding knowing how big they’ll get there over the next four-hundred years, till a Pharoah arises that doesn’t remember Joseph.
For Saturday, finish Genesis, reading 47-50.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
P.S. Sorry this is a day late. You know how it is.