“Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the evil that would find my father.”
Please put down this magazine for a few minutes, pick up your Bible, and read Judah’s entire speech in Genesis 44:18-34. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, read it again! Talk about going from zero to hero. This is the same guy who stood by and mocked as his little brother cried out from a well, who sold Joseph into slavery to profit from his blood, who slept with his daughter-in-law, thinking she was a prostitute, and then wanted to kill her for her immorality. This is that monster— that brother-abuser—that seething wildcat of a man. But he’s come clean. He’s not bearing his claws anymore. And I can’t help but tear up as I watch him stand face to face with the very brother he’d sold out all those years ago to effectively say, “Take me instead! I’ll be your slave—just let my little brother go!”
Judah’s always been a lion among his brothers. But now he’s learning to be a lamb.