Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.”
Joseph treated his brothers, and the rest of his family, with love and compassion. This is a lesson, perhaps, Joseph learned from his uncle Esau. Jacob did not treat his family this way. He was always looking for a way ahead. He was willing to step on his brother to move up the “ladder” another rung. Not so with Joseph. He used every bit of influence he had to better the life of others. He loved his family even though they treated him so badly. May we be more like Joseph, and less like (young) Jacob.
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