Read: Genesis 45
Consider: When Joseph said goodbye to his brothers as they went back home to bring their father and families to Egypt, he said something to them that was quite unexpected. Instead of saying ‘Safe journey’, or ‘See you soon’, he instead said ‘Don’t quarrel on the way!’
I was wondering what they might have quarrelled about. Perhaps it could have been about how they would explain to their father that Joseph was not dead but alive. Maybe they would have to admit what they had done all those years before and even who to blame for what they had done. Having been promised by Pharaoh that the best that Egypt could offer would be available to them, maybe they could have quarrelled about how they might take advantage of Pharaoh’s offer.
Although Joseph hadn’t seen his brothers for many years he knew their characters and the potential there was for disagreement. His advice was, therefore, well-founded.
It is also possible for us to quarrel on the way. Human nature can result in quarrelling in the local church, when we should be in harmony with our fellow Christians. The following scriptures give a very clear indication of the reasons why quarrelling may take place –
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
1 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV)
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
James 4:1 (NIV)
Pray: Father, protect us from quarrelling in the church, where we should be in harmony with our fellow Christians. May we turn our back on worldly attitudes that lead to disagreements. Help us to remember that in Christ we are ‘on the way’. Amen