Forgiveness In The Odyssey

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The issue of forgiveness is not a past hurdle, it is still a struggle in present day. Perhaps it was a lie that has been told or abandonment. When one is hurt the automatic reaction is to strike back. When someone causes one to suffer, the sufferer will want to retaliate. It is impossible to deny this truth. Joseph had a lot of reasons to be bitter and to hold a grudge. But when Joseph meets up with his brothers, he gives them a few tests, but when the tests are over he embraces them, and offers them the best of what he has to offer. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of his close relationship with his father. When he was seventeen his brothers took it upon themselves to solve the problem and threw him into a well with the intentions of killing…show more content…
While in Prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of the chief baker and the cupbearer who served the king of Egypt, Pharaoh. The two officials were assigned to Joseph by the captain guard. Later the chief cupbearer is restored to his position by Pharaoh, so that he put the cup into Pharaohs hand while the chief baker is hanged as the dreams were interpreted by Joseph. Later the chief cupbearer brought Joseph to Pharaohs attention when the king had some disturbing dreams of his own. Joseph interpreted all the dreams Pharaoh had dreamed because all the magicians and wise men of Egypt had failed.“‘Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “since God has made all this known to you there is no one so discerning and wise as you, you shall be in charge of my place and all my people are to submit to your orders’” (Gen. 41:39-40). Joseph was put in charge of the land of…show more content…
There was famine in all the other lands but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. “When famine spread over the whole country Joseph opened the store houses and sold grain to Egyptians” (Gen. 41:56) The bible also notes that all the other countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe in the entire world. Some of those people who came to buy grain from the land of Egypt were Joseph's brothers from Canaan. When his brothers came, Joseph recognized them, but they did not know who he was. “When Josephs brothers arrived they bowed down to him with their faces on the ground” (Gen.42:6) Forgiveness and reconciliation is illustrated well when Joseph was in a position of power and could gain revenge for the way his brothers had treated. Most would say Joseph did not cling to the opportunity to get revenge on his brothers. However, as easily as it would have been to accept them back and have a lovely reunion Joseph decided he wanted to play mind games with his brothers. Joseph testing his brothers was almost a little taste of revenge for Joseph. He did not cause them any harm but yet, he made them see the fear, and vulnerability Joseph felt when he was going through being sold into slavery and being accused of wrong

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