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Am I Sitting in the Place of God?
Bible Passage Genesis 50:14-21
topic 2023, in book Genesis & .

Am I Sitting in the Place of God?

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 30, 2023

14 After he had buried his father, Joseph and his brothers returned to Egypt, along with everyone who had gone with him to attend the burial.

15 Later, after Joseph’s brothers faced the reality of their father’s death, they asked themselves, “What happens if Joseph decides to hold a grudge against us? What if he pays us back in full for all the wrong things we did to him?”

16 So they sent this message to Joseph:

17 “Before he died, your father left some instructions. He told us, ‘Tell Joseph, “Please forgive your brothers’ offenses. I beg you, forgive their sins, because they wronged you.”’ So please forgive the transgression of the servants of your father’s God.” Joseph wept when they talked to him.

18 So Joseph’s brothers went to visit him, fell prostrate in front of him, and declared, “Look! We’re your servants.”

19 “Don’t be afraid,” Joseph responded. “Am I sitting in God’s place?

20 As far as you’re concerned, you were planning evil against me, but God intended it for good, planning to bring about the present result so that many people would be preserved alive.

21 So don’t be afraid! I’ll take care of you and your little ones.” So Joseph kept on comforting them, speaking to the needs of their hearts.


Jacob insisted that he be buried at Machpelah, as a final witness that he died having the same faith as Abraham and Isaac (Gen. 50: 29-33; compare 47:29-31). When he died, the inhabitants of Egypt gave great honour to Jacob. The reason was that Jacob was Joseph’s father, and Joseph was the most important person in Egypt apart from Pharaoh.

After seventeen years in Egypt (see Gen. 50: 47:28), Joseph’s brothers still had feelings of guilt and fear because of their treatment of Joseph in his youth.

The plead attributed to Jacob may be a lie. We do not know whether Jacob actually said this. Probably the brothers were lying and Jacob left those instructions before he died.

Joseph was saddened that they should think he might yet try to take revenge on them. He repeated that he would look after them in the future as he had in the past, for God had overruled their evil to preserve the family, Hallelujah.

After the message the brothers sent in verse 16, they followed up in verse 18. They declared themselves as Joseph’s servants and pleaded clemency. But Joseph asked a very important question in verse 19, “am I sitting in the place of God?”.

Should we also take the place of God? Can you?

🔷 Those you envy and persecute shall always be protected and blessed by God

🔷 Do not sit in the place of God to pay people for their sins. Allow God to do what pleases Him

🔷 You must never lose focus on your goals because of the troubles life throws at you. Remain committed and God will lift you up.

💥 Thank God for your life and His protection
💥 Pray that your haters should live to see how God will change your story

Allow God to deal with those who think they can thwart God’s plan for you. Never take the battle into your own hands. God will shame the enemy and grant you victory.