Genesis 50.15.26 The Inward and the Outflow of Grace

Genesis 50:15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

 20 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.

 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

 22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.

 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.

 24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

 26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.


Joseph lived by faith in the promises of God, and as a result he trusted God in all the adversity that he endured, thereby giving witness to those on the outside of the presence of the Lord within his mind, heart and life. By faith he saw the future that God has promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which was not in Egypt, but in the Promised Land. Joseph was a type of Jesus Christ, for consider a few parallels in their lives.



Joseph was sent ahead to prepare a place for his family through humiliation and exaltation.

Jesus was sent to prepare a place for us the humiliation of the cross and the exaltation of the resurrection.


Joseph suffered wrong willingly for the life of his family.

Jesus suffered wrong willingly for the life of the world.


Joseph longed to gather his family, just as Jesus longs to gather his family. (all people)


Joseph forgave his brothers because he possessed the heart of Jesus, which is full of grace and truth.

 God forgave us through Christ's because that is the heart of God to the whole world.



Some have said in the past that when we struggle with unforgiveness towards self and/or others, an unforgiveness that eventually turns into bitterness against people, against God and against oneself, we need to return to the cross of Christ and there to behold two things:



Firstly, Behold the cost of our redemption in the suffering and death of Jesus which was for our sin.


Secondly,  Behold the grace, mercy and love of God that is for us through His offering of His Son/Himself for the sake of our sin. 


We live by faith which means that our life is lived according to the acts and the promises of God in grace toward us and towards others. God has forgiven us in Christ, and as a result we live in forgiveness towards others. Therefore we are enabled and empowered to go into a graceless world through the calling/vocation/job we have in life and there we have the privilege and the opportunity to put Jesus Christ on display through our attitudes, through our words and through our actions.