What We Can Learn From Judah

Do you know what a dynamic character  is? Yes, you might have to go back to high school english for this. The person in a story who changes the most is called the dynamic character.

When we think of the story of Joseph we usually would say he is the dynamic character. 

But guess what, he’s not. 

He’s not even what the story is about. 

God uses Joseph’s dream to accomplish his plan. 

His plan? 

To save the Israel people from a famine AND to change one of Joseph’s brothers. 

Judah changed the most in the story we find in Genesis. He changes from wanting to benefit Joseph to sacrificing for his younger brother benjamin.

Genesis 37:26-27 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it 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, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.

See, Judah was the brother who suggested to sell Joseph, not kill him. This wasn’t because he was nice or wanted Joseph to live, but he wanted to benefit from getting rid of Joseph. How? He sold Joseph as a slave.

When Joseph, years later, saw his brothers again, he wanted to make sure they were different. This, by the way, is really healthy. Jospeh tested the brothers by setting their younger brother up as a thief. Joseph pretended to be angry and take the younger brother, Benjamin as a captive.

Now all of Joseph’s brothers were against this, however, it was Judah who decided to raise his hand and take Benjamin’s place.

Genesis 44:33-34 “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”

Because Judah changed, the brothers were reunited.

Another cool thing about Judah, Jesus comes from his family.  I can’t help but smile at this story and think of how much God likes to use dynamic characters as a part of His redemption plan.

What can we learn from Judah? Your dreams are usually not about you, but to Glorify God, and maybe be a part of someone else’s life change. God can use dynamic characters like you and I.

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