Enough was enough! Joseph could no longer contain his emotions. He sent everyone out of his presence except his brothers. As he wept aloud, he said, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?”
Joseph’s brothers were speechless and dismayed. Imagine the thoughts that were racing through their minds. Many memories of past sibling conflicts along with their recent encounters surely flashed before them.
As the brothers stood before Joseph, he explained that it was not they who had sent him into Egypt. God had sent him to preserve their lives. It was through God’s providence that they would be nourished in Egypt. Through their lineage would be the earthly birth of the Son of God.
Pharaoh was grateful to Joseph for revealing the coming of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. This allowed him time to plan ahead to prepare for the lean years. Because of this, he allowed Joseph’s entire extended family (Inferior Canaanites) to move into “the best of the land of Egypt.”
Upon hearing that his son, Joseph was still alive, Jacob’s “heart stood still, because he did not believe them.” After being convinced, Jacob said, “It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”