In my last devotional we learned that Joseph was made second in charge of Egypt, under the Pharaoh, taking care of the 7 plentiful years and storing up for the 7 drought filled years to come.
We pick up the story from here in Genesis 41:53-54
The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”
When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”
Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.
Joseph`s dream was coming true. His brothers come and bowed down before him, not realising that it was their brother Joseph. As soon as Joseph saw them he immediately recognised them but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them, asking where they came from.
Joseph asked a series of questions trying to find out about his father and ends up figuring out a way that he could see his younger brother, Benjamin. Joseph tests his brothers by asking them to bring Benjamin to Egypt - he wanted to see if they had changed!
Through a series of events, all of Joseph`s brothers and his father came to live in Egypt. Joseph was happy to learn that his brothers had changed and they now could be trusted.
Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, “Serve the bread.”
Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."
Genesis 45: 14-15
Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.
Genesis 46:1-4: God speaks to Jacob, telling him that he was going to make of his people a great nation and that he would die in Joseph`s presence.
Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time. Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”
Joseph makes sure all his family are taken care of, then takes his father back to Canaan to bury him there.
He then returns to Egypt as he said he would and remained there for the rest of his life. His sons had promised to make sure his bones would also be returned to Canaan.
So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten (Genesis 50:26).