When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph should bear a grudge against us and pay us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.” And now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.’” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
As I comment on this portion today, I am reminded of the National Hockey League general manager yesterday, who echoed management apologies to fans for a lousy season when he said, “I want to say on behalf of management, the coaching staff and players, I want to echo Mr. (chairman of the franchise owners)’s apology for our failure to deliver this year. We didn’t deliver at the end.” He was asked at various points in the news conference if he was personally apologizing and his response was “I said what I said,” and walked out. Well, that just won’t cut it with some fans and they’re seeking his firing. Humans are like that – some fail to take any personal responsibility for what went wrong and some want them shot for not doing so. In the case of Joseph’s brothers, I believe they were truly sorry for what they had done and sincerely sought his forgiveness.
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