The Tears of Joseph

Gen 43:27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? 28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance. 29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. 30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.

Why does Joseph weep? Was he ever tempted to deny his own brothers? Did he feel any need for revenge? We do not know but we do know these are normal human reactions. Joseph had nothing to gain it seemed from the tribe of Israel and could easily have pretended that he did not know them. But Joseph felt their pains. One can discern from the answers of his brothers that they were desperate, afraid and panicked. It was not clear what would happen to them. They did not even feel covered by the God they had betrayed in getting rid of their brother and lying to their father. God is able to make every dream He gives come true …no matter how unlikely or improbable. The brothers were crying inside and Joseph could feel their sorrow, their pains and fears. The fact that he had the power to restore their situation did not stop him feeling their anguish. Others in the palace did not cry because there was no connection to this untidy rabble in the Royal Palace.

Do also remember that Jesus was similarly overcome with sorrow and wept when called to the tomb of Lazarus …even though He knew He had power over death. Brothers feel for each other. When a brother in the body weeps, the other must also feel the hurt. We are indeed a family and the pains of Christians in North Korea or other denominations should touch us. The tears of Joseph were not selfish tears. We are not told even once that Joseph cried in the pit or during his trials. “Jesus wept” comes up only once at the tomb of Lazarus and nowhere else…no doubt the inner cries can be even deeper than the shedding of tears. Our God sees all our pains and feels all our struggles. As our brother, He is touched by all our weaknesses and is more anxious to see us restored than we can ever imagine.

It is not unlikely that at least one of the brothers of Joseph … maybe Benjamin was so frightened and that fear did not permit the tears of sorrow to rush down his cheeks. What can we learn? First Christ feels all the pains you go through and sees all the needless burdens we refuse to bring to Him and this causes Him more sorrow. The restoration of a brother is of importance as Christ feels for the brother in the pit of shame and confusion. Brethren – living in bondage does not make Christ happy … and he who works to lift the veil of sorrow and bitterness by extending help and the gospel is a rare gem. The gospel of Christ is good news …go and spread it. Do the work of wiping sorrow from the face of others. Christ will reward you well.


Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Prayer: Lord, be forever magnified in our worship. Let every living soul praise you for ever and ever. Amen.

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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