ALHAMISI TAREHE 22 JULAI 2021, ASUBUHI
14 Yusufu akarudi Misri, yeye na ndugu zake, na wote waliyokwenda pamoja naye kumzika babaye, baada ya kumzika babaye.
15 Ndugu zake Yusufu walipoona ya kwamba baba yao amekufa, walisema, Labda Yusufu atatuchukia; naye atatulipa maovu yetu tuliyomtenda.
16 Wakapeleka watu kwa Yusufu, kunena, Baba yako alitoa amri kabla ya kufa kwake, akasema,
17 Mwambieni Yusufu hivi, Naomba uwaachilie ndugu zako kosa lao na dhambi yao, maana walikutenda mabaya; sasa twakuomba utuachilie kosa la watumwa wa Mungu wa baba yako. Yusufu akalia waliposema naye.
18 Nduguze wakaenda tena, wakamwangukia miguu, wakasema, Tazama, sisi tu watumwa wako.
19 Yusufu akawaambia, Msiogope, je! Mimi ni badala ya Mungu?
20 Nanyi kweli mlinikusudia mabaya, bali Mungu aliyakusudia kuwa mema, ili itokee kuokoa taifa kubwa, kama ilivyo leo.
21 Basi sasa msiogope; mimi nitawalisha na watoto wenu. Akawafariji, na kusema nao vema.
Neema ya Mungu yatosha;
Yusufu aliuzwa na ndugu zake Misri, akawa kiongozi mkubwa huko. Hata ilipokuja njaa, ndugu zake walifuata chakula Misri kwa Yusufu.
Baada ya Yakobo (baba yao) kufa, ndipo leo asubuhi tunaona ndugu zake Yusufu wakiwa na wasiwasi wakidhani angelipiza kisasi, kumbe Yusufu aliwaza tofauti kabisa.
Yusufu akiongozwa na Roho wa Bwana, alionyesha kuwa mtu wa msamaha. Alisema yeye siyo badala Mungu. Yusufu anatukumbusha kutolipiza kisasi, tuwe wenye kusamehe. Hii ndiyo tabia ya Mungu ambaye kwa neema hutusamehe dhambi zetu.
THURSDAY 22ND JULY 2021, MORNING
14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
God's grace is sufficient;
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers in Egypt, and he became an important leader there. Even when a famine came, his brothers went to Egypt to buy food for Joseph.
After Jacob (their father) died, this morning we see Joseph's brothers worried that he would take revenge, but Joseph thought differently.
Joseph, led by the Spirit of the Lord, proved to be a forgiving man. He said he cannot replace God. Joseph reminds us not to take revenge, to be forgiving. This is the nature of God who graciously forgives our sins.