when joseph's brothers
came to egypt the first time. . .
God didn't send him a text
or a memo
or even a dream
to warn him,
those 10 guys
who wanted to kill you 20 years ago
are going to show up."
he swore (more than once)
"by the life of pharoah"
what he was going to do to them.
he was serious.
they had wanted to kill him
for no good reason;
he would have been justified
if he wanted to kill them.
they had caused him to be a slave for over 20 years;
in justice, he could have enslaved them all.
instead, he told them
that their situation couldn't be resolved
unless one brought back their brother.
then he imprisoned them. . .
for three (short) days.
after which he summoned them.
and he said to them,
because i fear God. . ."
and i am just so relieved
to see that God put him in a position
to react instinctively,
and he didn't know immediately how to react.
it was a li'l messy.
but he took the time he needed
and focused on God,
and because he did that,
his response was much more lenient
than what he had initially decided.
God didn't give him a chance to prepare his script
for what we would read about him,
oh, thousands of years later.
what he did
is what God wanted to showcase.
and in the end, he was speaking kindly to them,
and comforting them,
and showing us all
that even though they hated him
and intended to do evil against him,
God all along had been planning
for the good of all of them.