Jesus, Judah and Joseph
Readings: Matthew 1:1-17
Additional readings: Gen 42: 36-38, Gen 43: 1-14, Genesis 44: 14-34, Genesis 45: 1-8, Revelation 5:1–5, Genesis 49:8-12
Blanks: praise, lion, kings, king
(3) The gospel of Matthew listed the names of ancestors of Jesus.
"Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers."
Now let's stop here.
(3) Jacob had many sons.
Even Joseph was his son.
Among many sons, Judah became the ancestor of Jesus.
How did this happen?
Let's think about this:
(3) Jacob lived about 3000 years ago.
But when he was an elderly man, there was a severe famine in his land.
So, his sons went to Egypt and got some grains.
But then many days later, they needed more grains.
So Jacob asked his sons to go down again to get more grains.
But there was a problem.
The governor of Egypt told his sons something like this:
“You will not see my face again unless your brother Benjamin is with you.
Next time, bring Benjamin the youngest son of Jacob to get more grains.”
But Jacob really loved Benjamin and didn’t want to send Benjamin to Egypt.
So Judah tried to persuade his father Jacob like this:
“Let Benjamin go with me.
I will be responsible for Benjamin.
I will make sure he is safe.
If I don’t bring him back, you can blame me forever.
We have to go to Egypt to get food.
If you had let us go before, we could have made two trips already.
You know we have to go down with our brother Benjamin to buy food.”
Then, Jacob was like:
“If it is really true, take Benjamin with you.”
But then in Egypt, there was another problem.
The governor of Egypt wanted to have Benjamin with him.
He accused Benjamin for stealing his very important and special cup.
So he insisted that Benjamin becoming his slave.
(3) Then Judah said something like this to the governor:
“I cannot go back to my father if the boy is not with me.
For my father, this boy is everything.
If I go back to my father without Benjamin, my father will die.
So, he didn’t want to send this boy here.
So I said to my father:
‘If I don’t bring him back, you can blame me for the rest of my life.’
So now I beg you, I will stay and be your slave.
Please let the boy go back to his father.”
(3) A long time ago, Jacob loved Joseph like this.
Joseph was his everything
So, other sons were jealous.
So Judah with other brothers sold his brother Joseph to Egypt.
Now Jacob loved the youngest brother Benjamin.
Benjamin was his everything.
But Judah became a different man.
He was willing to be a slave for him so that he could send Benjamin home.
Then the governor told them who he was.
(3) The governor was like:
“I am Joseph your brother.
Come close to me.
Is my father still alive?
I am the one you sold as a slave to Egypt.
But don’t worry.
It was not you who sent me here.
It was God’s plan for me to come here.
This terrible famine has continued for two years now.
But there will be five more years of famine.
So God sent me here ahead of you so that I can save people.
God even made me the governor over all Egypt.”
(3) Then many years later, Jacob was dying.
Then Jacob blessed each child.
Then he blessed Judah like this:
“Kings will come from Judah’s family.
Then from Judah’s family the real king will come.
The nations will obey and serve him.”
After one thousand years later, this prophesy was fulfilled.
The Messiah Jesus came from the tribe of Judah.
But some people might that Joseph should have been the ancestor of Jesus, because he was the one who saved his family and many nations.
He even forgave his brothers.
The life of Joseph could show how Jesus would live.
Jesus also suffered but understood that it was God’s plan for him to suffer so that he could save the human race, through his redemptive life.
Jesus lived like that.
Joseph is another model of Jesus.
But God decided to choose Judah who made various mistakes in his life as well.
Then God sent Jesus to solve the problem of human family.
So Jesus came to became a servant or a slave.
Jesus in fact died for his human family to save them.
Then through his death and resurrection, he defeated the power of death.
In this way, Jesus gave eternal life to people.
Jesus, thank you for being our Messiah.
Help us to follow your good will.
Help us to think well and lead well.
Help us to keep our words in the power that you give so that your peace may be accomplished in our life.
In Jesus name, we pray.