Some things are just so apparent that they don’t need to be said, do they?  You know the sort of stuff – things that must be obvious to everyone.  Truth we all know.  Except that it doesn’t really work like that does it?

Sometimes we have to be brave enough to state the obvious and run the risk that everyone does know it.  But then, every risk has a potential reward.  And sometimes the reward of stating the obvious is very great.  The reward that now I can see something I couldn’t see before, understand something I hadn’t understood before, know something I hadn’t known before.

So when Joseph, “settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land … Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children,” (Genesis 47:11-12) he’s not doing anything that we would think of as extraordinary, is he?  In fact – he’s doing the obvious.  And the writer of Genesis is stating the obvious.

Why?  Because it may be the first time we’ve heard it. 

Building relationships is not just about what we think.  It’s about actions too. 

James tells us, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:15-16.  Er, it isn’t any good.

Jesus told us that whenever we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the lonely, visit the sick or those in prison, we do it for him.  And when we don’t do it, well  – we bring judgement on ourselves (Matthew 25:31-46).  It’s an uncomfotable read.

Then again, I don’t think Jesus calls us to be comfortable.  A lot of the time, He calls us to say and do the obvious.