So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. Genesis 37:26-28 AMP
Today’s devotion emphasises on revealing the hidden treasure in the bible. The meaning of names in the bible is very important because God hides His treasures from people who aren’t interested, in simple things like names. The main names we focus on in this Judah and Reuben. The name Judah means praise the LORD. Judah was the fourth son born to Jacob and Leah, it is from his lineage that King David was born and the King of kings Jesus Christ was also born. It is praising the LORD that gets us out of the pit the enemy trapped us in. The LORD inhabits the praise of His people.
Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable. You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs living among the shouts of praise of your princely people.Psalm 22:3 (TPT)
It is no wonder that the brothers listened to Judah whose intention was to preserve Joseph life. Because of Judah (praising the Lord) Joseph escaped death, and he was lifted off from the depths of the pits. Reuben had a similar intention to save Joseph’s life. However we see that though his intentions were to save Joseph’s life. It did not work out his way.
Now Reuben [unaware of what had happened] returned to the pit, and [to his great alarm found that] Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his clothes [in deep sorrow]. He re-joined his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where shall I go [to hide from my father]?” (Genesis 37:29-30)
The name Reuben means behold a Son (Genesis 29:32). Beholding Jesus Christ alone cannot get us out of the pit. But praising Him worshipping the LORD in truth and spirit gets us out of the pit of distress and anguish. So put on the garment of praise for the Spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)
When we praise the LORD, He comes and lives in our praises and He ends up changing our situation. Praise is the transportation from the pit to eventually, the palace. It is no coincidence that Jesus Christ come from the tribe of Judah, He is the lion of the tribe of Judah.
Today, I want to encourage you no matter what you are going through, it doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, praise the LORD and watch Him work out everything for your good.
• The LORD inhabits the praise of His people (Read Psalm 22:3)
• Beholding Jesus Christ alone cannot get us out of the pit. But praising Him worshipping the LORD in truth and spirit gets us out of the pit of distress and anguish.
• Praise is the transportation from the pit to eventually, the palace.