Joseph’s plans to test his brothers and their attitude to Benjamin come to fruition. In this moving account, we see that the brothers had indeed repented of their sin in dealing with Joseph. We see Judah make good on his vow to be surety for Benjamin and we see Joseph reveal himself to his brothers and assure them that their sin had been used by God to preserve the lives of the whole family.
In all this story we see glimpses in Joseph, Benjamin and Judah of the Lord Jesus Christ - in not offering a defense even when wrongly accused, in being surety for His people and in bringing about reconciliation. This encourages us concerning God’s purposes in our own lives. Furthermore, we see again that in all this account God is moving forward with His eternal purposes to bring Messiah into the world and save His elect.