Haste you, and go up to my father, and say to him, Thus said your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt: come down to me…
1. Providence may order traitors to be messengers of better news than they intended.
2. Gracious children are speedy to take off grief from their parents' hearts.
3. God orders those events of mercy to be declared unto His, which they sometimes would not believe.
4. Joseph's spirit owneth his afflicted father in all his own glory.
5. Joseph's heart ascribes all his glory unto God only.
6. Joseph contents not himself to be in plenty and glory, but to have his father with him (ver. 9).
7. Certain and fertile habitations are human motives to draw from barren places.
8. Nearness to dearest relations may persuade to change habitations (ver. 10).
9. Alimony is a duty of children to parents in straights.
10. Assurance of nourishment may well draw from places where bread is wanting.
11. God's continuance of famine should move souls to follow His providence for food.
12. It is beseeming God's servants to provide under Him against impoverishing of their families. So Joseph (ver. 11).
13. Eyewitnesses and they dear ones of God's gracious events, should persuade good souls to believe them (ver. 121.
14. Gracious souls may urge their dignity to help the distressed, but not in vain glory.
15. Grace makes nature speedy in the execution of its duty.
16. Gracious children desire earnestly their parents with them in their fulness (ver. 13).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: