Kasih TUHAN Di Saat Bencana

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Kejadian 42:1-5,18-28 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt (Listen)

42 When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him. Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

18 On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19 if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households, 20 and bring your youngest brother to me. So your words will be verified, and you shall not die.” And they did so. 21 Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” 22 And Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” 23 They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. 24 Then he turned away from them and wept. And he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25 And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to replace every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them.

26 Then they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack. 28 He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back; here it is in the mouth of my sack!” At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

TUHAN menyatakan kasihNya, bahkan di saat bencana sekalipun. Apa saja bentuk kasih yang dinyatakan TUHAN itu?

1. Calling Them Out [42:1-5]
Di saat kelaparan melanda, TUHAN memanggil Yakub dan keluarganya keluar untuk membeli gandum di Mesir, agar mereka tetap hidup dan tidak binasa. TUHAN juga memanggil umatNya keluar dari kebinasaan akibat dosa, untuk menerima keselamatan di dalam Yesus. Dengarlah dan segera sambutlah panggilanNya itu! (Ibrani 4:7; Mazmur 95:7).

2. Convicting Their Sin [42:21-24]
Di Mesir, melalui Yusuf, TUHAN menyadarkan mereka akan dosa mereka terhadap Yusuf yang telah lama dipendam. TUHAN juga menyadarkan umatNya akan dosa mereka, agar mereka sadar dan tidak terus tinggal di dalam kegelapan dan rasa bersalah mereka. (Markus 14:72; 1Yohanes 3:6).

3. Showing His Grace [42:18-20,25-28]
Melalui Yusuf, TUHAN memberikan kasih karunia dan jalan keluar. Mereka dibebaskan (hanya Simeon yang menjadi sandera), diberi gandum, bahkan bekal perjalanan dan uang pembelian merekapun dikembalikan. Mereka harus kembali dengan membawa Benyamin, agar mereka ternyata benar dan tidak mati. TUHAN juga memberi umatNya kasih karunia di dalam Yesus, agar mereka bebas, terpelihara, dibenarkan; dan tidak binasa, tetapi mendapat hidup yang kekal. (Yohanes 3:16; 1Petrus 1:5).

Yakub dan anak-anaknya tidak mengenal Yusuf dan tidak tahu apa yang dilakukannya, maka mereka bersungut-sungut bahkan ketakutan (42:28,35-38). Mereka baru bisa menikmati dan bersukacita, setelah Yusuf menyatakan dirinya (45:1-15). Hanya di dalam Yesus dan oleh Roh kudus, umatNya bisa memuliakan TUHAN dan menikmati kasih karuniaNya (Efesus 1:17-18).

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya, 22 November 2020