45:1–28 In this narrative of forgiveness and reconciliation, Joseph presents a model of submission to God’s eternal and benevolent purpose (vv. 5–8). All the evil done to him by his brothers was only part of God’s secret plan designed for the good, not only of Joseph, but of his wicked brothers as well. We learn that “all things work together” to accomplish God’s excellent purpose (Rom. 8:28), not only for us who presently “love God,” but for the “great multitude” that will comprise the everlasting city (Rev. 7:9).