Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Block 70: Benjamin
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“...but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The name Benjamin means “son of my right hand.” Benjamin was originally named Ben-oni (means son of my sorrow) by his mother, Rachel. He was re-named by his father, Jacob, when his mother died in childbirth (bearing Benjamin). Benjamin was Jacob’s twelfth son and thirteenth child. Recall that Jacob’s son, Joseph, had been sold into slavery by his brothers, but Jacob thought that Joseph had been killed by an animal. Actually, Joseph had ended up as second in command to the Egyptian Pharaoh.
During a period of extreme drought and famine, Jacob sent the ten older brothers to Egypt to buy grain. He did not send Benjamin because he feared something might bad might happen to him. When the brothers arrived in Egypt, they did not recognize Joseph, but Joseph recognized them. Joseph tested the brothers to see if they would abandon Benjamin. The brothers passed the test, and Joseph was pleased that they were willing to risk their lives for their brother. The family was reunited.
On his father’s deathbed, Benjamin received the last of Jacob’s blessings. Jacob described Benjamin as a ravenous wolf, devouring and dividing its prey. In truth, Benjamin’s tribe was the smallest tribe, and was known for their mighty warriors and excellent swordsmen. Four great Bible characters descended from Benjamin’s tribe: King Saul, Judge Ehud, apostle Paul, and prophet Jeremiah. Like Joseph, Benjamin was obedient to his father and was later described by the apostle Paul as the greatest missionary ever.
On outward appearances, Benjamin was the baby of the family and had the smallest tribe, yet later, he was described as the greatest missionary ever. Benjamin teaches us that we should never judge a book by its cover. God does see what is on the outside, he knows what is on the inside.
I chose Baby’s Bunting to represent Benjamin because he was the youngest brother of Jacob’s twelve sons, the baby of the family.