Genesis 37:31-35, 45:26-28

It’s interesting that even with Jacob’s intense mourning and all of those years that Joseph was separated from family, not one of his brothers (not even Reuben) told Jacob the truth about what really happened to Joseph.

When Jacob finally learned that Joseph was still alive, he would probably have wondered how Joseph could be in Egypt after thinking for years that the bloody robe meant he was killed by an animal.  Instead of suspecting Joseph’s brothers had anything to do with it, maybe he told himself that an animal might have injured Joseph and then foreigners passing by could have forced Joseph to Egypt, leaving the bloodied robe behind?  Whatever his thoughts were, Jacob must have finally heard the truth when  he was face-to-face with Joseph.  Or maybe Jacob and Joseph were just so elated to be together again that they both let bygones be bygones.