SCRIPTURE: Genesis 42
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40) Jesus explain that on judgment day, we will be judged by how we responded to Him as He was invisibly among us – in disguise, as the poor, needy, hungry, lonely, imprisoned, etc. Apparently the king of the universe is with us, everywhere, and yet we often do not recognize Him.
This story reminds me of that reality: Joseph the ruler is their brother among them, yet they do not know him. This is a recurring pattern: both Joseph and Moses in Pharoah’s palace, David in Saul’s palace, Jesus in Pilate’s palace, Paul in Caesar’s palace. In Jesus, we have the King of the Universe, among us, in a way that we do not expect.
Joseph’s brothers are humbled, they come to see how their sin has come back to haunt them. They are now at the mercy of the King who is their brother. Fortunately, the king is their brother. And so it is for us… we are fortunate that the King is our brother. He is not looking to trick or snag us, He is giving us every opportunity to respond in humility and grace.
In many ways, this test reveals the hearts of his brothers to Joseph. As the story unfolds, their humility and honesty is revealed. The same is true for us. The King of the Universe is among us, testing our hearts, seeing what lives in us. What does He learn about us as He watches us respond to the least of these, His brothers and sisters?
There is a day coming when the King will reveal Himself. What will He tell us He learned about our hearts in the time of testing, when He was hidden among us?
Lord, I can think of a number of times when I saw You, yet passed You by. I need to be more intentional about looking for You in the people around me. Thank You that You are my brother, and You are prepared to help me.