In his second interview, Joseph makes himself known to his
brothers -- as will Christ: Jer 31:34; Heb 8:8-12; Mat 23:39. The making known
of Joseph to his brethren is a pattern of the revelation of Christ to repentant
Israel. Whilst they will be horrified at what they have done to him their
repentance will assure that Jesus will lovingly embrace them -- and so "all
Israel shall be saved" (Rom 11:26), consequent upon repentance.
See Zec 12:10: "We now begin to appreciate why Judah's sins
are so chronicled in Gen 38, for now the brothers are to see Joseph revealed as
he really is, for up until Gen 45:3 he is known only to them as 'Zaphnath
Paaneah' -- 'Saviour of the WORLD.' Joseph concentrates on Judah in this
narrative, and Judah shines forth as a completely changed man. His conversion
represents the conversion of his brethren, and speaks to us of the conversion of
Jewry to Christ at His coming, for when he returns, one of his first works will
be to 'save the tents of Judah first': Zech 12:7. Though 'Saviour of the World,'
Jesus is first Messiah to the Jews, and their saviour, and it is through His
work with them, that the world will come to be saved" (CY).
A bro who returns from the "dead"!
"This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in your
eyes": Psa 118:22; Mar 12:11.
IT WAS TO SAVE LIVES THAT GOD SENT ME: Gen
"To raise up/restore Israel": Isa 49:6,13. "A Savior shall
deliver them": Isa 19:20. "And so all Israel shall be saved": Rom 11:25,26; Isa
FATHER TO PHARAOH: Here "father" = "counsellor" or
"leader" (Gen 4:20,21; 2Ki 5:13; 2Ch 4:16; Isa 22:21).
DON'T QUARREL ON THE WAY: Don't start arguing about
assessing blame upon one another.
Their message: Joseph is still alive, exalted, and willing to
receive us! Our message: Jesus is alive, exalted, and willing to receive us!
A pity: Joseph's brothers could have said these same words
years earlier, and saved themselves a great deal of trouble!
In v 27, "Jacob", but in v 28, "Israel"! The realization of
his hope, long deferred, turned the "supplanter" into the "prince with