Joseph’s test was nearly complete. He had placed his older brothers in a position where he would see how they treated their younger, favored brother, Benjamin. Would they abandon him as a slave in Egypt as they had sold Joseph into slavery two decades before, or would they stand by their brother?
When Joseph sentenced Benjamin to slavery and released the others to return home, Judah stepped up. Judah, the one who had played such a significant role in betraying Joseph before, stepped forward as an intercessor and a substitute. He would take the place of his brother. He would offer his life as a slave in place of Benjamin.
This sacrificial action by Judah was Joseph’s breaking point. He could no longer keep his test going. Any lingering resentment within him was crushed. It was time to reconcile with his brothers. This is the power of a selfless mediator. This is the power of Christ. This is the power of the gospel.
In what ways has God positioned you to live sacrificially for someone else?