Revenge can seem so sweet. When we have been hurt it feels like something has been stolen from us and revenge feels like we are taking that something back. This desire for revenge is the premise of an entire TV series. Now in its fourth season, Revengefollows the lead character Emily Thorne as she tries to get revenge on all those who wronged and killed her father. She is driven to take something back from everyone who took so much from her.
In Genesis chapter 42, Joseph has an opportunity to take revenge on his brothers. Joseph has risen to the position of second-in-charge in Egypt and after 20 years, the brothers who had sold him into slavery are now standing hungry and scared before him, begging for food. They have taken so much from him and now is his chance to take something back off them. However this is how Joseph reacts…
24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.
25 Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man’s silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them, 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
He is the prime minister, one of the most powerful men in the world and what is he doing? He is weeping. He is not plotting his revenge. Joseph is plotting the restoration of his broken family. His heart is crying out to be restored to his family. Joseph goes on to give his brothers all the food they need. Not only that, he doesn’t let them pay for any of it. He gets his officials to secretly stuff all the silver they had used to buy the grain back into the grain sacks. Joseph then keeps one of the brothers in prison to make sure the whole family will return to Egypt.
This story has a complex storyline which has lots of twists and turns. However throughout the whole story Joseph is seeking to do one thing, to restore his family. He is seeking to bless them. He has the power to break them and the power to find the sweetest revenge. But instead of revenge he chooses grace. He chooses to treat them in a way they simply don’t deserve.
How have you treated the people who have hurt you? What did you do? Did you try and get something back? It’s amazing to think that Jesus doesn’t treat us like that. Even though our sin has shamed him, Jesus still treats us with loving grace. He doesn’t treat us in a way that we deserve. If he is your King he has transformed you into his deeply loved child. No longer is your security found in yourself. No longer do you have to fight to keep face. You have everything you need because he has given it all to you. So when someone hurts you, they can’t actually take anything substantial away from you. You don’t have to take back anything. The grace you have experienced you can now extend to others. Justice is not yours to dish out. God is in control and he will bring justice, he will right the wrongs. Your job is to pass on the grace you have been shown. So go ahead, pass it on.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
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