Friday, January 22

Judah and Jesus

Scripture: Genesis 43-44, Luke 22

Genesis 44:33 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.

Luke 22:19  And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Observation

Judah’s self-sacrifice foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus, a descendant of the tribe of Judah.

Judah offered himself so that his brother Benjamin could be free and go home to his father.  Jesus offered himself so that we could be free and go home to our Father.  

Facing an agonizing death, Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done.”  He embraced the cross for our sake.

Application

First, gratitude.  I’m grateful that Jesus took my place, gave His life for me so I could live.  Never forget.

Second, follow.  I want to follow Jesus’ example of sacrifice for others and doing the will of God no matter what.  Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for taking my place so I could come home to our Father.  Now help me live for You and for others.  Not my will, but Yours be done.