What Mercy Looks Like


What MERCY Looks Like

Gen 37:1-21
37 1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. 12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. 14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. 17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

V1)The land of Canaan is the land of milk and honey and is a desirable place to be but we will soon learn that this area has a potential for being in a drought and will soon cause Jacob’s generation and generations to come to leave this land due to FAMINE.

But this important part of Jacob’s life is not our point this morning…….

V2) Now Joseph came to his father and told of this EVIL REPORT, what do you suppose that was? Let’s turn back a few chapters to 35:22 thru 26. We find that Reuben was sleeping with His father’s concubine Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid). Wow what a sermon that would be if I chose to go down that path,

But this important part of Jacob’s life is not our point this morning…….

V3) Jacob Had always loved Rachel more than Leah. His intent was never to have more than one wife but was tricked into marrying Laban’s oldest daughter Leah. Can you imagine getting to the alter and pulling away the vail and discovering that this is not the one you wanted to marry and your father in law says to you, “in order to get to my younger daughter you must marry my oldest first and after working for me 7 more years you can marry Rachel. Sadly Jacob lost Rachel after she gave birth to their second son Benjamin. Joseph was the eldest of the two from Rachel. So how could you blame Jacob for having such a bias opinion upon both Joseph and Benjamin!

But this important part of Jacob’s life is not our point this morning…….

 (V4&5) Hate is not a strong enough word to describe Joseph’s brothers feeling towards him. LOATHING is the shoe that fits best in this scenario. The brothers detested Joseph to the point that they were very nauseated at his very presence.

I don’t believe there was Jealousy/Envy that came into their minds, as they saw his father caudle to him with possessions and shear attention. I don’t think they would want to be him at all!

So what of this HATE; well this is the origin of our TOPIC this morning.

Question: How can you forgive someone who HATES you? NO, wait; someone that LOATHS you?

Let’s pray…….

V21) we see that Rueben, the one that Joseph snitched on, had a very repentive heart in the matter of killing his brother. This softening heart was more than likely the Spirit of God working in him, God is Love, God is compassionate and God is merciful. WE ARE NOT ANY OF THESE ATTRIBUTES BY OUR NATURAL SELFISH WAYS. Thank God for Reuben’s compassionate words.

This morning we will look at Rueben and see how his divine compassion (MERCY) and his words saved not only Joseph’s life but also theirs as well.

MERCY: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or COMPASSION.

Genesis 42:1-4 (Jacob send the brothers out to Egypt for grain)

Genesis 42:15-24,and therefore his blood is required” (v22) (Joseph test’s their brothers hearts to find out how they feel towards his other brother Benjamin, but Reuben speaks to his brothers folly and that they should have listen to him from the beginning and they would never be in this big mess. Mercy was on Reuben’s mind from the get go and now he sees

Now after they received grain from Joseph they went back to tell their father what just happened and they explained that they will need to return back to Egypt, but with Benjamin. Oops, Houston we have a problem!!!!

So to comfort their father Reuben steps in and READ Genesis 42:37-38. Only to find out that Jacob will have to follow through with the General of Egypt’s command after all:

Genesis 43:13-14 “God give you mercy before the man”

Little did Jacob know that “MERCY” was “WELL BEFORE THEM” and it was Rueben’s mercy way early in the story that kept them alive this far……


Genesis 45:1-15

1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. 3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. 4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not: 10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: 11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty. 12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you. 13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither. 14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

God Blessed Reuben with a merciful heart but if it were truly merciful, as the oldest brother of the clan he should have stepped in and told all his brothers to knock off the nonsense and left their brother Joseph alone. But God is merciful towards all that repent and in the end God’s rich blessing was revealed towards those 10 rascally brothers.

God is richly blessing your life with much MERCY and if there is one here that doesn’t know that and feel that they are being judged I ask that you re-examine it again. Let your heart search for God and you will find Him and His richness of MERCY.

Ephesians 4:32
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.