We too have the authority from Christ Himself to reassure penitent sinners of their forgiveness.

BibleGateway: Genesis 50:15-21

ESV Text: Genesis 50:15-21

Genesis 50:15-21 (Listen)

God’s Good Purposes

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17 ‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 50

     15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 330:
I Come to Thee, O Blessed Lord

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1. I come to Thee, O blessed Lord, 
Invited by Thy gracious Word 
To this Thy feast, to sup with Thee; 
Grant that a worthy guest I be. 

2. I come to Thee with sin and grief, 
For Thou alone canst give relief. 
Thy death for me, dear Lord, I plead: 
O Jesus, help me in my need! 

3. Shouldst Thou a strict account demand, 
Who could, O Lord, before Thee stand? 
Purge all my secret sins away: 
Be Thou, O Christ, the sinner’s Stay! 

4. O Jesus, Lamb of God, alone 
Thou didst for all our sins atone; 
Though I have sinned and gone astray, 
Turn not, O Lord, Thy guest away. 

5. O Jesus, Lamb of God, alone 
Thou didst for all our sins atone; 
Be merciful, I Thee implore, 
Be merciful forevermore.