The stories in Genesis 37-50 report the trials and vindication of Joseph. The chapters are full of moving accounts for the reader, and characters inside the events are moved as well. Jeremiah may be the weeping prophet, but Joseph is the weeping ruler. In multiple scenes he weeps both privately and openly: 42:24; 43:30; 45:2; 45:14-15; 46:29; 50:1; 50:17. Here’s how it breaks down:
- In 42:24, Joseph weeps privately during his brothers’ first visit to Egypt. He recognizes them, but they don’t recognize him.
- In 43:30, Joseph weeps privately as he is moved over one brother in particular, the arrival of Benjamin in Egypt.
- In 45:2, Joseph weeps openly as he reveals himself to his brothers after more than twenty years since they betrayed him.
- In 45:14-15, Joseph weeps openly on all his brothers.
- In 46:29, Joseph weeps openly as he presents himself to his father after many years of relational separation.
- In 50:1, Joseph weeps openly in response to his father’s death.
- In 50:17, Joseph weeps openly before the messengers whom his brothers had sent.
Seven scenes of weeping. SEVEN.