What an emotional speech! Judah is begging for the life of his father (Jacob) and his youngest brother (Benjamin) who, by the way, even though unknown to the 11 brothers, are also Joseph's father and brother. Judah had pledged himself to Jacob as Benjamin's safety. Now he is pleading his case as Benjamin's substitute. As he begs for Benjamin's safe return, Judah uses the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 22:13 where a ram was sacrificed "instead of" Isaac. What a change of heart. Judah has gone from wanting to profit from the sale of a Joseph (Genesis 37:26-27), to offer himself as a substitute for Benjamin.
Jesus, Lion of the tribe of Judah, thank You for the ultimate sacrifice; not just enslaved, but death as my substitute.
This woman did something extravagant for Jesus and will always be remembered for it. This lady was exceptional in her day. I do not remember many other people in the Bible being extravagant toward Jesus, except for perhaps Joseph of Arimathea or Nicodemus in John 19:38-39. Likewise, I do not hear of people being extravagant for Jesus. Is it because I am not looking or has Jesus become too familiar to His followers? What would be considered an extravagance for Jesus today?
Lord Jesus, I confess to being unlike this woman. Her extravagant gesture proves she saw You as the "pearl of great price." Holy Spirit, I know there are good works my Father prepared for me. I desire to fulfill them all as the evidence that I too realize Jesus' greatness and worth.
We must remember that Job did not know God's evaluation of him. Job acknowledges what is true of God's activity in his life, but he questions God's motive: "Why did you bring me out from the womb?"
As believers, we are so blessed. We need not be concerned about God's motive or His evaluation of us. Romans 8:29 says God's purpose for His children is to conform us to the likeness of Jesus. God uses so many words to describe His children; beloved, blessed, bride, brothers, called, chosen, children of promise, elect, heir, his body, fellow laborer, little flock, my people, saints, servants, sons of the living God, treasured possession, well beloved and vessels of mercy which he has prepared beforehand for glory! Why would we ever question His motive or evaluation?
"Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand."
This verse is a reminder that I am not the one to judge. When I am feeling judged by others, I find great encouragement in the last phrase of this passage, "for the Lord is able to make him stand." It reminds me of Jude 24.
Lord Jesus, Your Father, the Sovereign God, has entrusted all judgment to You. Why would I ever attempt to usurp Your authority? Thank You for the reminder that You are my Master. You are the One who makes me stand.