Genesis 45:25-28: By word and by sign.

“25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, ‘Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.’ Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, ‘I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.’ NIV

 

The brothers ‘witnessed’ to Jacob concerning Joseph.

‘’They told him, ‘’Joseph is still alive!’’ ‘’ (26);

‘’…they told him everything Joseph had said to them…’’ (27a);

‘’…he saw the carts Joseph had sent…’’ (27b).

The result was the conviction dawning on Jacob: ‘’I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive’’ (28). This parallels the New Testament witness to Jesus. It is by word and by sign.

I think of these words about our Lord:

‘’After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive’’ (Acts 1:3).