Athlete, Are You Willing To Learn?

*This series was written by the AIA staff team at the University of Virginia

Read Genesis 43

How ironic is the gospel of God’s grace!  Israel is supposed to be God’s light to the world, and they will be through Jesus, but in this chapter a foreigner, an Egyptian servant, preaches the good news of peace and forgiveness to Joseph’s brothers (43:19-23).  Instead of judgment, the servant tells them that their God has given them treasure.  Of course, Joseph had apparently been faithful to proclaim the goodness of the God of Israel to his servant.

We also see Judah begin to rise as a leader among his brothers in this chapter.  He takes the lead in speaking with Jacob (43:3), and unlike Reuben who offered his sons in Benjamin’s place (42:37), Judah puts his own life on the line as a substitute for the youngest brother, Benjamin (43:9). Here we see a glimmer of Jesus, the King who would come from Judah.  Judah's transformation, which began in confession (38:26), is now evident.

Questions for Reflection and Prayer

1. The good news comes to Joseph’s brothers from an unexpected source, a servant who is not an Israelite.  Are you willing to learn from unexpected sources, from people of a different socioeconomic stratum or ethnic background?  The brothers likely received his words as good news because they were aware of their desperate need for grace.  

2. Judah was willing to put his life on the line for Benjamin.  Take some time to reflect on Jesus, who became our substitute in judgment.

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