FOR WEDNESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 45:16-28
Then he sent his brothers off. As they left he told them, “Take it easy on the journey; try to get along with each other.” (Genesis 45:24; The Message)
As the brothers of Joseph are sent off on another journey back home – this time to tell their father Jacob that his beloved son Joseph is not only alive and well but holding a powerful position in Egypt – they are told to “get along with each other” on the journey. Joseph knew that the road ahead left them plenty of time to worry about what might become of them, plenty of time for nerves to fray and anger to stir.
The reason for this concern is quite understandable. In returning to tell their father Jacob the good news of Joseph being alive, they would be admitting to him that they had deceived him many years ago in insinuating that he had been killed by wild animals. In essence, they’d be confessing that it were they who were the cause of his life-long heartache. This was, indeed, going to be a hard journey ahead for them.
We, too, have a hard journey ahead for us as we try to maneuver through the divisive rhetoric and violent behavior growing in our world today. In would be good for us to heed the comment of John Calvin: “We ought to imitate this kindness of Joseph; that we may prevent, as much as possible, quarrels and strifes of words; for Christ requires of his disciples, not only that they should be lovers of peace, but also that they should be peace-makers.”
PRAYER: Wherever we might be in our journey of faith, Lord of Love, may we be found to be makers of peace instead of stirring the pot of discord and hate. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]