Genesis Lesson 26 Day 5

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Genesis Lesson 26 Day 5

Genesis 44:18-34

Judah pled for Benjamin’s freedom and begged to take his place.

13) The change in Judah’s heart

Judah boldly goes up to Joseph and asks to have a word with him. He spoke kindly about his elderly father and the younger brother born to him when he was already old. Since the boy’s brother is dead, he’s the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.

Twenty years before, the brothers didn’t worry about their father’s feelings when they put goat’s blood on Joseph’s special robe and showed it to him. This time, Judah pleads with Pharaoh to let him take Benjamin’s place. He mentions Benjamin’s mother who was also Joseph’s mother and Jacob’s love for his remaining son.

Judah made beautiful intercession for Benjamin, offering himself as a substitute to spare his father from a grief too heavy to bear. “He showed no animosity at all.”6

This is especially significant when we think of how deeply Jacob, Judah’s father, must have hurt him and the other brothers through the years of his constant favoring of Joseph and Benjamin. This was a deep wound; yet Judah’s heart was changed to care even about the father who wounded him so deeply.1

14) God’s work in my heart.

I don’t speak badly about my first husband who abused me and my sons. My wounded heart healed, and I’m thankful when I hear he does something kind for one of our sons.

He neglected the middle son and his family until recently. I prayed that he would help them somehow since he is well off, and he unexpectedly offered to do some work for them.

15a) Regret versus repentance

Godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

We had this same question in Genesis Lesson 17 Day 4 about Esau.

Regret is a worldly feeling of sadness or sorrow about something wrong or about a mistake that we made, and a wish that it could have been different and better.

Feeling regret doesn’t mean we are repentant. Judas felt regret after he betrayed Jesus.

Repentance goes beyond regret. Peter denied Jesus, but he repented and believed in God’s mercy.

Esau’s tears were the tears of frustrated selfishness, not of regret for his own sin and despising of his birthright.1

b) God’s kindness and patience led me to repentance—

. . . when I was angry at God because of my mom’s death at age 38. He was patient with me, and I eventually gave up the need to know why someone so loved by everyone should suffer and die so young. The wound took a long time to heal though.

These days, I’m quick to repent and getting better about forgiving others.

These personal questions that cause me to revisit my past don’t feel helpful.

I still struggle with self-pity when I remember the suffering and rejection. Revisiting brings a fresh bout of sorrow and shame and then repentance for how I handled myself.

I’ve been thinking about the difference between humility and self-pity. The latter is prideful, so it’s sin.

We must focus on Yeshua, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him,
so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him.
Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NOG)

The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is Holy.
This is what he says:
  I live in a high and holy place.
    But I am with those who are crushed and humble.
       I will renew the spirit of those who are humble
          and the courage of those who are crushed. (Isaiah 57:15 NOG)

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6 The Book of Genesis by Chuck Smith © 2012 The Word For Today
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