Zaphenath couldn’t keep his secret any longer. He ordered everyone but the brothers to exit the hall. The servants and officers and the steward left the mighty lord with the eleven men who had come from Canaan.
“I am your brother, Joseph,” he said, and tears streamed from his face.
Joseph cried so loudly that the household of Pharaoh heard it. The brothers were dumbstruck.
After he composed himself, he asked, “Is Father still alive?”
The brothers could say nothing. They just stared in disbelief at the man they had betrayed so many years ago. They fell on their faces and bowed to him.
“Come close,” Joseph said, his arms outstretched to receive them.
The brothers stood and approached their brother.
“I am Joseph, the brother you sold to traders on their way to Egypt. But don’t beat yourselves up about it. God did this. This famine will last another five years. I’m here to keep you alive because each of you is a way in which God has chosen to fulfill a great promise.”
The brothers stood in awe of their brother, the high lord and ruler of all the land, unsure of what his words meant.
“Now, go to my father and tell him his son is alive and in a position of great power. Bring him, all of his house, herds, and possessions to me. You’ll settle in Goshen nearby, the lushest in all the land. I’ll provide for you during these lean years, and you’ll prosper.”
Joseph embraced his brother Benjamin and wept. He kissed every brother, his tears drenching each face.
When word reached Pharaoh that his governor’s brothers were with him, he smiled. “Have your brothers take our wagons with them to bring back their wives and children,” he instructed Joseph. “Tell them not to bother collecting their possessions, because they’ll have the best of all Egypt when they settle here.”
Inspiration: Genesis 45