Joseph in Genesis had to reassure several times that he loved and forgave his brothers. They needed comfort. Their guilt had weighed on them a long time. Hot tea is a symbol of comfort in my life. Especially in Grandma’s teacup. But it’s nothing like a friend, sister or brother.
“Now therefore, do not be afraid. I will provide for and support you and your little ones. And he comforted them …”
Genesis 50:21 AMPC