Peter von Cornelius, 1783-1867. “The Recognition of Joseph by His Brothers”
from Art in the Christian Tradition
A project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN
While we can’t wrap our brains around
the tragedy in Connecticut, let us wrap those families and each other
with prayer and love.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
All the years of Joseph’s trusting in the Lord come to fruition at this moment of meeting his brothers. They have come to Egypt in search of food. What restraint Joseph exhibits as he recognizes them, but does not reveal himself! Think of what he might have said to those who had sold him into slavery. He keeps silent about that. God uses him to bring ultimate joy to his family. Though we may not understand the long delay and the trips of his brothers to Canaan and back—all the territory covered in the Exodus—the suspense only serves to heighten the coming moment of total recognition.
Be patient. The Lord is working out all the details in God’s own time of reconciliation with those with whom you may be estranged. Seek to do God’s will.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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