01.19.2017 – Old Testament: Gen 44.27–29
To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 44–45 on January 19, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
Judah knew how to touch the heart of someone in authority, appealing to the heart of the man in authority by the scenario of an old man dying with utterable sadness. Judah did that to the man (Joseph), who proposed keeping Benjamin,
“Then your servant my father said to us, You know that my wife bore me two sons; and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn to pieces; and I have not seen him since. But if you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave” (Genesis 44.27–29).
This, along with other things that Judah said, touched the heart of the man before whom Judah stood, and the man’s heart poured forth all that was in his heart as he finally told Judah and his brothers of his true identity.
Sometimes we appeal to facts in a cold and heartless way, but all of us have matters that touch our emotions. Do not fear to touch those emotions in others, or to let others touch your heart.
- Do you avoid showing emotion?
- Why do you keep back emotions?