Riches for the Family

Bible:

When the report was heard in Pharaoh’s house, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes. To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision for his father on the journey. Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.” Genesis 45:16-24 ESV

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV

Reflection:

Brad and Emily’s dad owned a small restaurant. They liked visiting the restaurant after school. It wasn’t very busy then, and they could have something to eat. Their dad would let them have anything they wanted that the restaurant served. Usually they had some ice cream, but sometimes they might have a hamburger or a plate of French fries. If one or two of their friends came with them, their friends could have anything they wanted, too. Their dad was happy to treat them and their friends.

Pharaoh was the same way with Joseph’s family. He valued Joseph very much, and had provided Joseph with power and wealth. Now that Joseph had been reunited with his family, Pharaoh was happy to extend his gifts to them, too. It was his way of showing how much he appreciated Joseph to be good to Joseph’s family. Joseph’s connection with Pharaoh gave his brothers and their families incredible benefits in Egypt.

We have been given the best benefits of all from God. He is rich in love and mercy and kindness, and he gives us more love and care than we can even imagine. He does this because of our connection with Jesus, his Son. It’s through Jesus and what he did for us on the cross that we have all the love of God, our Heavenly Father. We are now God’s children, and we ourselves can bring others to God. We know for sure that he’ll welcome everyone through Jesus and give them his love and grace too.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us so much of your riches of love and kindness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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