Reminding someone of his words

Genesis Bible Background

01.19.2015 Old Testament: Gen 44.19–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 44–45 on January 19, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

As Judah began to intercede for Benjamin before their brother Joseph, but not knowing the man was Joseph, Judah reminded Joseph of his own words, and that they had complied with his wishes,

“My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’ And we said to my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, who is young; his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him.’ Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.’ And we said to my lord, ‘The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.’ But you said to your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more’” (Genesis 44.19–23). 

Joseph, an honest and God-fearing man, could not resist those words, and the other things that Judah said, and the words of Judah finally broke through the heart of Joseph, and he revealed who he was.

Judah did not use sarcasm, nor did he come across with an arrogant attitude, but in gentleness he tapped into the soul of the man who had authority over them.

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