Go Ye Therefore

The Law of Empowerment Part 1

Joseph and His Brothers-Genesis 45:4-7

When Joseph’s brothers realize that the one, they had betrayed could now do with them what he pleased, they feared payback time had arrived. Instead of retaliating, however, Joseph blessed them and empowered them to complete the task that had brought them to Egypt: to secure food for their families. A careful reading of Genesis 45:4-7 reveals the qualities that made Joseph such an empowering leader:

  1. A strong sense of security. “Please come near to me” (v. 4).
  2. A strong sense of identity. “I am Joseph your brother” (v. 4).
  3. A strong sense of empathy. “Do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves” (v. 4).
  4. A strong sense of purpose. “For God sent me before you to preserve life” (v. 5).
  5. A strong sense of perspective. “There are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth” (vv. 6, 7).

Join me next time for The Law of Empowerment Part 2