Joseph saw a change in his brother. In his youth, Judah failed to help Joseph as he was sold into slavery. He was now faced again with the choice of saving his brother or saving himself. This time, however, Judah acted selflessly and offered himself to save his half-brother and father. Joseph made the choice obvious and personal, you leave Benjamin and you can go with your money, grain and feed your family. But Judah saw his father as more important.
In our lives, we are faced with opportunity to serve ourselves or others. There is incredible pressure to protect our lives and our families at all cost. Only a faith in God can move us from selfishness to selflessness. Joseph saw the change in his brother. He pushed to get his brother to be selfish but, to no avail. Will we submit to God’s leadership or hide behind our need for self preservation. Judah submitted. Will we? Christ said it best, “Those who seek to save their life will lose it; but those who who will give up their life for my sake, will find it.”
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But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”
Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.
My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’
And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’
“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons.
One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since.
If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’
“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.
How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”