Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Who Was Benjamin?
Benjamin shall be my Servant
We hear much about Jacob’s
favorite son, Joseph upon whom he bestowed a coat of many colors.This Joseph was sold into slavery because his
brothers were jealous and despised his visions and dreams, yet he continued to
received favor even as a slave, as a prisoner and eventually favor found him as
a ruler over Egypt
second onto the King.
You will remember the 7 good
years where grain and corn was stored in warehouses, and the 7 years of famine
which caused many from foreign lands to come to Joseph to purchase food.
News of food in Egypt caused
Jacob to send his son’s to purchase food.Immediately Joseph recognized his brothers, but the 14 years in the sun
had tanned and matured him and they did not know their own brother.Joseph taunted them, calling them spies and
to prove their good intentions, Joseph demanded that they bring their youngest
brother Benjamin, with them on the next sale of food.He also demanded they leave Simeon as a token
of their honesty.
Gen 42:14 But Joseph said to
them, “It is as I spoke to you, saying, ‘You are spies!’ 15 In this manner you shall be
tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your
youngest brother comes here. 16 Send
one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison,
that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you;
or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies!” 17 So he put them all together in prison
You will remember that when
their food ran out again, they were forced to convince their father Jacob to allow Benjamin
to return to Egypt
with them.Joseph was overjoyed to see
his young brother, and had a feast for them, giving Benjamin more food and more clothing than the
others.As the brothers left to return home,
Joseph told his servants to hide his silver cup in Benjamin’s sack of food.Soon, they were stopped with accusations of
thievery.Joseph had said, who ever
stole my cup shall become my servant.
Naturally when the cup was
discovered with Benjamin, the brothers could not contain themselves tearing their
clothes as they returned to Joseph with tears and Judah spoke up begging him not to
harm their young brother Benjamin.
You will remember that
finally Joseph asked everyone of his servants to leave as he wept and revealed
to them that he was indeed their lost brother Joseph - - but God had ordained
all this to happen for a reason.
Israel's first king, Saul—a tall, strong,
regal-looking man—was a Benjamite. His reign began well: "And Saul
answered and said, "Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of
and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then
do you speak like this to me?" (I Samuel 9:21).God even "gave him another heart"
so that he prophesied with the prophets.
Introduces another son of Benjamin: ".the apostle Paul, circumcised the eighth day, of the stock
of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a
Benjamin was the
least and youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons.His tribe was the smallest but from his linage came the first King of
Israel, King Saul.And later the apostle
Paul who wrote many of the epistles that reveal deeper truths available to us
So what can we
learn from this story.Benjamin was the
least in the kingdom, and at times we feel small and ineffective, but
understand that within you is the power to be King and rule and reign.You may also become an Apostle, which means
“A Sent One,” to share the Good News about God’s Love.
In our own way,
we can be a part of the whole picture and move mountains together.As we pray over our city, may we be reminded
that many of our citizens feel inferior, small, not good enough, but God is
able to change them into another person by his regenerating power.