Moses took the bones of Joseph with him.
Think about the irony of that for a moment.
But I find it interesting that in the end it was their bones that wound up in Egypt and Joseph’s were brought back to the land of promise – escorted between the watery walls of the Red Sea! Wow. God sure knows how to keep the scales of justice in balance.
I think this is part of the reason why God says don’t take vengeance for yourself. “Vengeance belongs to me, says the Lord, I will repay” (Romans 12:19). In essence: I do a much better job at it than you. Joseph didn’t try to repay evil for evil; he knew that God would take care of all that. This attitude requires an appreciation that God desires justice even more than we do. If it takes 430 years, the Lord does not forget to right a wrong. The righteous will be vindicated.
The words of Charles Spurgeon apply so well here: “When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink. Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.” Isn’t that exactly what happened here? Joseph was packed away to Egypt as a slave, as his brothers stayed on enjoying their freedom in Palestine. But he rose and they sunk – right where they were at. And the rising and sinking, in a sense, continued on long after their deaths.
When you are viciously betrayed, ill-treated and maligned, don’t seek your revenge, don’t lash out. Wait on the LORD. The wrong done to you has not escaped God’s eye. He knows and He’ll take care of it in due time.
You? Well, you just go on and live your life to the full! Bless people, worship God, and be productive. Love all people well, even those who have hurt you to the best of your ability. Keep your hand out of The Book of Accounts; that’s God’s business. And in His will and way… He will certainly right the wrongs of time.
And even the wrongs can work to your advantage.
“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” -Joseph