Vayigash And [Judah] Approached [Joseph] Genesis 44:18−47:27

Judah now approached him and said, “By your leave, my lord, please give your servant a hearing, and do not let your anger flare up at your servant–for you are like Pharaoh”. – Genesis 48:18

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin’s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive?”

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. “It was not you who sent me here,” he says because he accepts his brothers as they are and their connection to the ONE Force of Creation and says to them, “butwe are in harmony with the Force of Creation which holds all of existence togetherand has brought us, forth from famine.”

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families—seventy souls in all—and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the harmony with the Divine Spirit that connects ALL: “Fear not to go down to Egypt; remember your ONENESS with Creation and you will be a great nation. The Spirit that Connects ALL is with you into Egypt, and will be with you when you come up again.”

Joseph, through his consciousness of the ONE Force that connects ALL gathers the wealth of Egypt by connecting Egypt and selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob’s family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the descendants of Abraham prosper in their Egyptian exile.

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