This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our series “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering” by looking at Joseph’s overtures toward reconciliation with his brothers in Genesis 45-46. This message was essentially about the nature of and difference between forgiveness and relational reconciliation.
You can view the message video and sermon outline for this message below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. Also, join in with our daily devotional that accompanies this series during Lent.
The Story in Summary
Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers (45:1-15)
The brothers return to Jacob with good news (45:16-28)
Jacob’s journey and a vision of God (46:1-27)
Joseph reunited with his father, Jacob (46:28-34)
Reconciliation Begins: Joseph and His Brothers (45:1-15)
Trust: The brother’s transformation confirmed
Vulnerability: Joseph reveals his identity
Proximity: Joseph draws his brothers closer
Darkness: Joseph names the suffering he has endured
Faith: Joseph affirms God’s sovereign ways
Reaching out: Joseph re-opens relationship with his brothers
Reaching back: The brothers weep and embrace one another
Begin again: Relationship takes the first trembling steps