Parshas Vayigash: Rav Dov Yaffe - Hashem Sent Yosef to Defy Nature
After revealing himself to his brothers, Yosef consoles them and tells them not to be sad about selling him because Hashem sent him to sustain them. Rav Dov Yaffe asks, could Hashem not found any other way to sustain Yaakov's family during a hunger other than selling Yosef into slavery?
He answers with the Shem MiShmuel's explanation of the Medrash on the pasuk, "Hayam Ra'a Vayanos", at Krias Yam Suf the waters saw and ran away. The Medrash explains that they ran when they saw the Aron of Yosef. The Shem Mishmuel explains that for Yosef at seventeen years old and doomed to a life of slavery in the most impure society in civilization, to resist the temptation posed by the minister's wife, was a humanly impossible task totally against the laws of nature. Yet he fulfilled the will of Hashem and defied nature. Similarly when the waters of the Yam Suf were called upon to split, they too could not defy nature. That is until they saw the Aron of Yosef and immediately split.
Rav Dov Yaffe says that just like Avrohom's and Yitzchok's sacrifice at the Akeida instilled in Klal Yisroel the courage to give their lives Al Kiddush Hashem throughout the ages, so too Yosef's courage to defy temptation instilled in each and every member of Klal Yisroel the ability to rise above their own nature. Yosef told his brother's not to be sad for Hashem sent him to Mitzrayim in order to be a lifeline for all of Klal Yisroel for all future generations.