‘I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him.’
Jacob was understandably reluctant to let his youngest son go with his brother to Egypt, given what had befallen Joseph. Initially, Reuben tried to reassure him by pledging the lives of his two sons against Benjamin’s safe return. Then Judah stepped forward and offered his own life as a guarantee.
How preciously this reminds us of our Lord who, when faced with our redemption, his OWN self bore our sins in his OWN body on the tree (1 Pet.2:24).
The lovely old hymn by Cecil F Alexander puts it so simply:
There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin. (PHSS 214)
Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 21