And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. Genesis 50:19-21 (KJV)
The events before these verses were such: Israel, also known as Jacob, had died, they had taken his embalmed body to Canaan for burial in the cave purchased by Abraham for Sarah, also where Leah was buried, and now Israel.
Joseph’s ten brothers; older than him; feared that since their father was dead, that Joseph would be vengeful toward them but that was not to be the case.
Joseph was loving and forgiving toward his brothers, and even tells them to “Fear not” at least twice in these verses. I do not know about you but I enjoy, I am blessed every time I read Scriptures which tell us, “Do not be afraid”, “Fear not”, or “Do not fear”.
Joseph has been pictured as a type, a picture, a shadow of our Lord Jesus Christ. Surely in this instance, it is so.
Joseph was hated and despised by his brethren; Jesus came unto His own and His own rejected Him (John 1:12). Joseph was sold to foreigners and believed to be dead; Jesus was sold to the Romans for crucifixion, killed on the cross, was buried. Joseph was found to be alive in Egypt by his brethren, and was a reigning potentate alongside the Pharaoh; Jesus is returning as the King of kings, and Lord of lords, a ruling Potentate, alongside His Father.
Joseph could have very easily bore a grudge, and spent the rest of his life in hatred for his brothers. He chose not do so. He chose to do the God thing, though he was in no way deity. In forgiving he did one of the most God-like, Christ-like things a soul can do. Forgive.
Joseph realized that the God of heaven ruled, and overruled in this world. Since he believed things were in God’s hands, then all thing would work out for His glory, and our good. He turned an event that was intended as evil in the hearts of his brothers, into an event where God was glorified.
We must rest our lives in the hands of God our Savior. He is in control of the evil and the good. He turns the evil intentions of Adamkind into what will glorify Himself. Praise the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Present, and Immutable God.