Friday, February 4, 2011

Genesis 44 - Judah Intercedes for Benjamin

LINK: Genesis 44


BACKGROUND

Joseph sent the brothers away with a silver cup in Benjamin's sack as a test (44:2). Consequently, Benjamin was accused of stealing. The brothers' true repentance and remorse to God is evident as they defend Benjamin and fall down before Joseph. All the haunting memories of their past transgression toward Joseph were in full view. Judah pleaded with Joseph and was willing to be in slavery himself so that Benjamin could go back to Jacob (44:18-33). He had not defended Joseph, but he defended Benjamin. 

How appropriate that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Like Judah, He makes intercession for us before our Ruler, and He was willing to be a slave that we might be set free.


Therefore He is able also to save forever 
those who draw near to God through Him, 
since He always lives 
to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:25

At this point, the testing was complete. The brothers had fully recognized their wrongdoings. They had changed.

APPLICATION

What have you learned about Jesus through this passage? Spend some time in thanksgiving for what He has done for you. 

PRAYER

Thank You God for sending Jesus so that we might be free to draw near to You through Him. Amen.
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