“Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
This is the seventh time in the book of Genesis when Joseph wept. But there is something unique about this time. This is also the second of the third burials we see in Genesis 50, but unlike the others, it’s not related to death. So what’s going on?
Joseph is weeping because his brothers didn’t believe that he had forgiven them…16 years earlier!
Joseph reminds us of Jesus—who weeps over unbelief and whose heart is hurt when we do not truly believe that He has truly forgiven us. Like Joseph, Jesus calls us to himself again and again and again to counteract our lying feelings by giving His word, comforting us with His word, speaking kindly to us through His word, reminding us in His word that He has really forgiven us and does not hold our sin against us:
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
It’s time to bury the past—God did…almost 2,000 years ago when He buried His son. Bury the past and believe God’s word in the present. If you’ve been grieving over your sin, believe that your sin has been forgiven in Christ…dealt with once and for all time in Christ…buried in Christ. Believe Christ and walk in the fullness of an unhindered, joyful relationship with Him.
If you’re having trouble with that, just go to Him. He will counteract any lying feelings by giving you the promise of His word:
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”