God's Good Purposes

Genesis 50

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, l they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may 1 actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him." 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, "Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; m for they did evil to you.'" Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of n the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and o fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants." 19 Joseph said to them, p "Do not be afraid, q for am I in the place of God? 20 r "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but s God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 "Now therefore, do not be afraid; t I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke 2 kindly to them.

  1. Cross References
    Job 15:21
    Dreadful sounds are in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:13
    He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 49:25
    By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 37:7 - 10
    "There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
    Genesis 41:43
    And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt.
    Genesis 44:14
    So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on the ground.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 45:5
    But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 30:2
    And Jacob's anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, " Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?
    2 Kings 5:7
    And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, " Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 45:5
    But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
    Genesis 45:7
    And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
    Psalms 56:5
    All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 3:13 - 15
    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
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