I came to give you abundant life
and show you the ways of love.
Recall the story of Judah, Joseph’s half-brother:
Judah had wanted to kill Joseph in his younger years.
Yet later, in the presence of Joseph whom he did not recognize,
he offered himself as a slave rather than let his younger
half-brother Benjamin be enslaved.
With remorse in his voice Judah said: “Joseph is dead
and my father is still grieving over him.
Jacob, my father, will die if he lost Benjamin.
Therefore, I would be glad to be your slave so
Benjamin can go back to his father.”
Love sometimes takes a long time to develop.
Past grievances heal, people change.
Their hearts and actions change,
especially if love has its way
and softens hearts that were hard.
The story of Joseph and his eleven brothers is fascinating, with many twists and turns – found in Genesis 37 continuing on to the 50th chapter.
In almost every life devastating events occur which change us. Judah and most of his brothers were jealous of their teenage half-brother Joseph. In blended families, children often have difficulties with anger and bitterness, not knowing their importance or how they fit in the new family dynamics, and therefore relationships can be strained for many years.
Judah greatly changed, perhaps because of his father’s grief and genuine remorse for his actions. Definitely, time changes hearts. God is in the business of showing us that love and trust is a better way.