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Sunrise over Mountains


Genesis 42:1-45:15

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes


with Krista Smith  (6 minutes)

JAN 16, 2023




Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. ~2 Corinthians 5:17


In the making of a movie, the film editor plays a crucial role. One of his main jobs is to remove unneeded parts of the story in order to make the finished result. Each of us when we come to God in repentance, have a Father in heaven who does just this in the movie of our lives. We can put a facade before others in how we present ourselves, but before an all-knowing and all-seeing God, nothing is hidden. As a result, knowing this, many feel that their past and present sinful behavior renders them useless before our perfect God. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Hebrews 8:12 tells us, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." We may be horrified what our highlight reel looks like before God, but once we repent and become His child, He does the film editing of our lives, clipping those sinful moments and assembling a reel that glorifies God. We have a tendency to remember and highlight the opposite. Back in Genesis 26:5, when God speaks to Isaac, notice how He describes Abraham, his father, to him, "because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." It’s nothing short of amazing that all of Abraham's mistakes: lying to Pharoah and allowing his wife, Sarah, to enter the harem of the king in order to save himself, the encounter with Hagar along with Ishmael are all missing from God's highlight reel of the life of Abraham.

Though we find in Joseph a man of impeccable character, this is not the case with his brothers who will eventually make up the rest of the nation of Israel. We find bitterness, envy, murderous thoughts, lying, etc. One of the most unsavory of the brothers is Judah. We read in Genesis 37:26-27, "So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." It was Judah's idea to take their brother, Joseph, and sell him into slavery for profit. We move next to 38:2 when Judah takes for his wife a Canaanite woman, which was a group of people they were to avoid and not intermarry with (Genesis 28:1). Once his wife and his two oldest sons die, he goes on to lie to Tamar, the widowed wife of his oldest son. Then due to this lying, he falls victim when she plays the harlot, of having sex with his own daughter-in-law. When she is found pregnant, not realizing he is the father at first, he calls for her to be burned to death in 38:24. All this from the man in whom the lineage of the Messiah would come. We see a change in him when we get to Genesis 43:9, concerning Benjamin to his father, Jacob, "I myself will be surety for him; from my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever." As the narrative continues, we see Judah stepping forward, first repenting, then offering himself a substitute for Benjamin to Joseph in 44:33, "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."

Fast forward the Bible 1700 years and we see in his line, Jesus, our Surety. As J. Vernon McGee puts it, "The Lord Jesus took that place and became my Shepherd, took my place and my penalty. I was not able to meet His standard. I was not able to come up to His level. But the Lord Jesus stepped in and became my Surety and gave His life for me. What a picture of Christ we have here!" When Judah offered himself to pay the price and serve as Benjamin's substitute, that is what Jesus did for all of us. Paul spoke of this in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." All that we need to do in order to be freed from all of our guilt from our past, present, and future sins to truly repent and accept Jesus' payment that He offered on the cross, and make Him the Lord of our lives. By doing this, God is literally, like the film editor, clipping out those useless portions of our past and He is willing to cut out those useless portions from our present life. Being freed from this bondage we can take comfort in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." So despite our sinful behavior, what God will see in us when we one day come before Him is not our unrighteousness, but His Son's righteousness, as we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."


"If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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