How to melt someone’s heart

Genesis Bible Background

01.19.2019 – Old Testament: Gen 44.32–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 44–45 on January 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

If you have not read Judah’s pleading before his brother Joseph, without knowing that it was Joseph, you need to read it: Genesis 44.18–34. Listen to the last thing that Judah said:

“For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father forever.’ Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?” (Genesis 44.32–34).

Judah was willing to give up his life entirely for the sake of his youngest brother Benjamin and their father Jacob. Judah also spoke of the love that Jacob had for Benjamin and of how difficult it would be for Judah to face his father without Benjamin, having left him in Egypt. Therefore, Judah was willing to stay behind for the sake of his family back home.

Joseph could not stand it anymore but ordered all the Egyptians out of the room and he began to weep and to tell his brothers who he was. You need to read that also.

Questions:

  • What has someone said to you that melted your heart?
  • Do you know how to speak with gentleness and how to touch the hearts of people?

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